43 die in Pakistan church bombing
A medical official said the death toll from a suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 43.
- Published: 22/09/2013 at 03:32 PM
- Newspaper section: breakingnews
Sher Ali Khan, a doctor at a hospital in the city of Peshawar where the attack occurred Sunday, said the blast also wounded over 70 people.
Police officer Mohammad Noor Khan says the bomber struck as worshippers were coming out of services at the church in the city's Kohati Gate district. He said the attacker's severed legs were found.
Geo television showed people running in panic and ambulances rushing the injured to hospitals.
A witness said he heard two blasts seconds apart from each other.
At least 600 worshippers were present in the church at the time of attack, he said.
The attack occurred amid reports that government was holding peace talks with Islamist militants operating in the north-western region.
No group claimed responsibility immediately.
Hard-line militants have been blamed for previous attacks on Pakistan's Christian minority, as well as Muslim groups they consider heretics.
Previously, officials said the bombing killed at least 25 people.
Peshawar commissioner Sahibzada Anees said another 45 were wounded in the blast.
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