Today's Pakaboom: 18 dead at Mardan funeral
[THEAUSTRALIAN.AU] A SUICIDE bombing at a funeral in northwest Pakistan has killed at least 18 people, including a provincial lawmaker, and wounded 50 others, police say.
The attack took place on Tuesday in Shergarh town in Mardan district, 145 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, during prayers for the owner of a local fuel station.
The blast, which police said appeared to target the politician, highlights the security challenges facing the new government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, sworn in earlier this month after winning the May 11 general election.
Local police chief Tahir Ayub told AFP "the blast killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 others" and said it was a suicide attack.
Another local police official Abdul Samad Khan confirmed the toll, while another police official, Jaffer Khan, confirmed it was a suicide attack.
"The bomber came on foot and blew himself up near Imran Khan Mohmand, who seems to have been the target," Khan told AFP.
Posted by: Fred 2013-06-18