Pakistan: Suicide car bomber kills 17 in mosque
Thursday 13 January 2011
A suicide bomber drove his explosive-laden vehicle into a mosque in north-west Pakistan yesterday, killing 17 policemen and soldiers.
The mosque, which was heavily damaged, sits beside a police station on the outskirts of Bannu, a town bordering North Waziristan, a known hub of al-Qa'ida and Taliban militants. Pakistan's Taliban movement has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The assault came as US Vice-President Joe Biden visited the nation, where he urged the government to fight growing religious extremism.
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