Bomber kills 19 at Pakistan mosque
Policemen patrol a street during funeral prayers for victims killed by unidentified gunmen in Karachi yesterday. Photograph: Athar Hussain/Reuters
A suicide bomber killed 19 mostly Sunni Muslims and wounded 45 today in a crowded market outside a mosque in Pakistan's restive northwestern town of Hangu, police and officials said.
Hangu, part of Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan, has been racked by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia tribes.
It is just a few kilometres from Parachinar, which has a significant Shia population against whom hardline Sunni militant groups have launched attacks for years.
"Most of the dead were coming out of a mosque in the marketplace after Friday prayers when the bomb went off," senior police officer Imtiaz Shah said.
No group has claimed responsibility so far.