Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

25 killed in Pakistan suicide attack

A suicide car bombing in Pakistan's north-west has killed 25 people.

Area mayor Syed Mehtabul Hassan said several others were also wounded today when the bomber detonated his vehicle near a hotel in Kohat town in what might be a sectarian attack.

He told The Associated Press that 25 bodies have been pulled out of the rubble of the hotel and nearby shops.

Pakistan's north-west is riddled with Taliban and al Qaida militants, whose presence has added fuel to long-standing Sunni-Shiite tensions among Pakistani Muslims.

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