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Mohmand toll mounts to 100

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The death toll in the suicide attack in Yakkaghand area of Mohmand Agency rose to at least hundred with over 100 injured; the most of them are in critical condition.

According to political Tehsildar Meraj Khan, further bodies were recovered from under the debris today, which pushed the death toll to over 100.

It should be mentioned here that a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up yesterday as hundreds of people were gathered around the office of a senior government official in Pakistan’s northwestern Mohmand region, where security forces have stepped up attacks on Taliban militants in recent weeks.

The bomber killed 100 people, including women and children, in an attack in a volatile Pashtun region on the Afghan border Friday, officials said.

The blast was so powerful that it was heard far and wide, pulling down at least 30 shops including two hotels in Yakkaghand. Also, the roof of a nearby house caved in.

Assistant Political Agency Rasul Khan put the death toll initially at 70.

The deceased include four personnel of Khasadar Force.

The injured were shifted to Civil Hospital Shabqadr and the Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.

The power explosion caused the house of Yakkaghand jail to collapse, allowing 35 prisoners to escape.

Political officials announced a lakh rupee for each deceased and Rs50,000 each for injured.

Meantime, outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan accepted the responsibility for the blast.

The TTP spokesman Ikramullah Mohmand told Geo News from unknown destination that blast targeted the members of Ambar Peace Committee present at the moment at the office of Assistant Political Agent.

Mohmand toll mounts to 100

Mohmand toll mounts to 100

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