Taliban suicide bomber kills 40 at mosque in NW Pakistan (UPDATE)
A suicide bomber targeting a mosque Friday killed at least 40 people and injured around 90 in northwest Pakistan, officials said, Xinhua reported.
The bomber blew up himself in a mosque near Darra Adam Khel tribal region, some 30 kilometers from Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police said.
Pakistani Taliban from Darra Adam Khel area claimed responsibility for the attack.
Officials said that the bomber wanted to target a pro- government tribal elder, who was believed to be in the mosque for Friday prayers with some 500 others.
Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that over 40 people were confirmed dead in the attack.
Commissioner of Kohat district Khalid Omarzai said that about 90 were also injured in the blast.
The injured were shifted to Peshawar and doctors said several were in critical condition.
Police has reached the site and cordoned off the area. Security forces confirmed that the attack was a suicide bombing.
Local television channels reported that many people were stuck under the debris after the roof of the mosque collapsed due to the intensity of the blast.v