10 militants killed in suicide attack on mosque in Pak

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Islamabad, Mar 24: At least 10 militants were killed and several injured when a suicide bomber today targeted a mosque inside a base of the banned terror group in the Khyber tribal region of northwest Pakistan, officials said.

The attacker struck at the time of Friday prayers at the base of Lashkar-e-Islam in the remote Tirah Valley, which borders Afghanistan.

The blast ripped through the mosque-cum-madrassa, killing 10 people instantly, officials of the political administration told the media.

The bomber detonated his explosive vest when some Lashkar-e-Islam militants intercepted him and opened fire.

The Lashkar-e-Islam base is run by Yar Walil Khan, the nephew of the group's chief, Mangal Bagh Afridi.

The fate of Yar Wali Khan could not immediately be ascertained.

A spokesman for the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack in phone calls to the media in northwest Pakistan.

The Lashkar-e-Islam and the Taliban have been engaged in a turf war in Khyber Agency for over a year.

The same mosque was targeted by the Lashkar-e-Islam's rivals on February 18 last year.

At least 30 people were killed and over 70 injured in that attack.

Today's attack came exactly three weeks after a suicide bombing at another Lashkar-e-Islam mosque in Tirah killed 22 people after Friday prayers.


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