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Pakistan funeral bombing kills 25

A suicide bomber has killed 25 people in an attack on the funeral service of a Pakistani tribesman opposed to the Taliban.

The attack came two days after Taliban gunmen killed four children from another district in conflict with the militant network.

The blast during the ceremony in the Lower Dir region, 15 miles west of the Afghan border, also wounded 60 people.

The bomber struck as around 200 mourners were attending the funeral in the Shina Samar Bagh village, police said.

The attacker hid in a nearby field and then ran towards the graveyard shouting "Allah Akbar!" - the Arabic phrase meaning "God is Great" that is also a Muslim rallying cry - and then detonated his bomb.

The funeral was for Bakhat Khan, who was a member of a local "lashkar" or militia that is opposed to Taliban rule in the region.


From Belfast Telegraph