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Suicide Attack At Pakistan Funeral Kills 14

March 11, 2012 by staff 

Suicide Attack At Pakistan Funeral Kills 14, A suicide bomber has killed at least 14 people and wounded 30 in an attack on a funeral in the outskirts of the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Police say they believe the bomber was targeting local anti-Taliban politician Khushdil Khan, who was attending the funeral. He escaped unhurt.

Peshawar lies near Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt – a stronghold of Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

Hundreds have died in attacks in and around the city in recent years.

No-one has said it carried out Sunday’s bombing, but members of Mr Khan’s Pashtun nationalist party have previously faced similar attacks for opposing the Taliban.

The funeral, in the Badaber area about 15km (nine miles) from Peshawar, was reportedly being held for a relative of Khushdil Khan.

Police said the bomber, in his early 20s, entered the gathering on foot and blew himself up in front of the crowd.

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