23 killed as suicide bombings rock Afghanistan, Pakistan

23 killed as suicide bombings rock Afghanistan, Pakistan

KANDAHAR/PESHAWAR - Agence France-Presse
23 killed as suicide bombings rock Afghanistan, Pakistan

Afghan policeman inspects a wreckage of a car hit by a car bomb attack in Jalalabad province Feb 27. REUTERS photo

A suicide bomber targeted a mosque in a troubled tribal area in Northwest Pakistan today, killing at least 23 people and wounding more than 20, local officials said.

"The bomber detonated himself near the gate of a mosque in Tirah valley of Khyber tribal region when people were returning from the prayers," local administration official Jamilur Rehman told AFP, adding that the casualty numbers may rise, he said.
 
Meanwhile, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle attacked a NATO convoy in the insurgency-hit southern province of Kandahar, wounding seven people including four soldiers, an official said.

"A suicide attacker rammed his explosives-laden motorcycle into a convoy of NATO troops in Dand district injuring four foreign soldiers, one policeman, one translator and one civilian," provincial governor Toryalai Weesa told AFP.

A NATO spokesman confirmed the attack, but would not give details of any wounded soldiers, saying only that none had been killed.


Afghanistan, Pakistan, suicide bombing, terrorism