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Bomb blast targets Pakistan funeral


 

At least 11 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a funeral in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, police say.

The blast took place in the Badaber area, on the outskirts of the city, which is the provincial capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, senior police officer Kalam Khan told the AFP news agency.

Khan confirmed that the incident on Sunday was caused by a bomb, but did not have further details.

Abid Rehman, a police officer, said the attacker appeared to have gained access to the inside of the house where the funeral prayers had taken place.

At least 30 people are reported to be wounded in the attack.

Rehman told the Associated Press that the blast appeared to have been targeting Khushdil Khan, the deputy speaker of the provincial assembly who has been critical of armed anti-state groups in the past.

Khan escaped unhurt, the police officer said.

Rescue services rushed to the scene, and the city’s main Lady Reading Hospital, along with two others, was put on high alert following the attack.

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