Blasts in Pak mosques kill 15
Two blasts ripped through as many mosques in the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan, killing 15 people, security officials said.
Islamabad: Two blasts ripped through as many mosques in the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 15 people and injuring 50 others, security officials said.
The blasts occurred during Friday prayers in the mosques at Bazdara area of Malakand district, an erstwhile stronghold of the Pakistani Taliban.
Fifteen people were killed instantly, officials of the Levies militia told the media. The mosques were damaged by the blasts.
Local residents took the injured to hospitals in nearby towns. Officials said many of the injured were in a critical condition.
Deputy Commissioner Amjad Ali said the death toll could rise.
Security forces cordoned off the area and launched a search operation.
No group claimed responsibility for the attacks.
The nature of the blasts could not immediately be ascertained.
The blasts were the first major terrorist attacks in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa after the May 11 General Election.
Imran Khan`s Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf, which has called for talks with the Taliban and other militant groups, is set to form government in the province with the support of two other parties.