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Bomb blast kills 12 in Pakistan

The bomb blast took place on the last Friday before Eid ul Fitr.

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Updated:September 18, 2009, 3:28 PM IST
Bomb blast kills 12 in Pakistan
The bomb blast took place on the last Friday before Eid ul Fitr.

Islamabad: Twelve people were killed on Friday as an explosion carried out by a suicide attacker ripped through shops in the outskirts of Kohat town in Pakistan's North West Frontier Province.

The bomb went off in a main road in Kohat, about 150 km from the Islamabad city, Dawn News reported.

The incident took place on the last Friday before Eid ul Fitr.

"We have removed 10 bodies which are totally mutilated and are unrecognisable," Rapheel Hussain, a local resident, was quoted as saying.

Quoting eyewitnesses, Geo TV reported that the suicide bomber reached the spot in a vehicle loaded with explosives and blew himself up near a hotel at Hangu Road.

The hotel and shops around the spot were destroyed in the explosion.

The blast took place in an area from where buses leave for various destinations.

Following the explosion, angry local residents threw stones and traffic had to be suspended.

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