Female Bomber Kills 43 At Pakistan Food Center


A woman wearing a burqa lobbed hand grenades into a crowd near a food aid distribution center before detonating explosives, killing at least 45 people in northwestern Pakistan.

The suicide attack, believed to be the country's first by a woman, happened as Pakistani security forces attacked hideouts and reportedly killed about the same number of militants.

Saturday's suicide bombing in the town of Khar, the center of the Bajaur tribal area, came during ongoing fighting between Pakistani security forces and insurgents in the volatile tribal region near the Afghan border, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The attacker hurled the grenades into the crowd lined up on a cold morning to wait for food aid, the Times reported. Explosives worn on a vest were then detonated, The Associated Press said.

The death toll among various news reports was put at 42 or 43 and dozens of people were wounded.