12 killed, 35 hurt in Pakistan blast

Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by The News Editor

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A bomb has gone off outside a government office in the north-western city of Mardan, killing at least 12 people and wounding 35, Pakistani police said.

The attack took place outside the regional office of the National Database and Registration Authority, which issues identity cards to Pakistanis, said senior police officer Saeed Khan Wazir.

Police are still trying to determine whether the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or if the bomb was rigged to a motorcycle.

The dead and wounded are being taken to hospitals, Mr Wazir said.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but previous such attacks have been blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.

Mardan is about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north west of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

Published: Tuesday 29th December 2015 by The News Editor

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