Pakistan Mosque Bombing Kills At Least 65

(LATIMES)

At least 65 people were killed Friday afternoon in a suicide bomb attack on a northwest Pakistan mosque filled with worshippers, another in a series of terror strikes on mosques and shrines across the country.

Pakistani television also reported that militants carried out a grenade attack Friday evening on a mosque in the Badhber area outside Peshawar. According to initial reports, three worshippers were killed and another 15 injured in that attack.

The first blast occurred in Darra Adam Khel, a town just outside Pakistan's largely lawless tribal belt, where Taliban and Al Qaeda militants maintain strongholds. At least 300 people had gathered in the Wali Muhammad mosque for prayers Friday afternoon when the powerful blast caused the roof of the building to collapse, local authorities said.

It was Pakistan's deadliest terror attack since early September, when a suicide bombing on a Shiite Muslim procession in the southern city of Quetta killed 65 people.

Television footage showed ambulances racing to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan's largest city, and dropping off wounded men in blood-soaked tunics. The blast injured more than 70 people, some of them children. Authorities said the bomber was a teenager.

A Pakistani television channel, Geo, reported that the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.