Six Killed, 16 Wounded as Suicide Bomber Strikes in Swat Valley

Nearly six people have been killed and 16 others injured as suicide bomber struck in Swat valley in northwest Pakistan, reported CNN.

Police official Qazi Muhammad Jamil said that the blast occurred at a security checkpoint in Mingora, the largest city in the Swat district, where an army offensive was launched last year against Taliban, report said.

Saturday’s attack came following twin suicide blasts in Lahore on Friday in which at least 39 people were killed and 95 others injured.

Attacker on Friday targeted military convoys, approaching on foot and detonating their explosives 15 to 20 seconds apart, said Punjab Law Minister Rana Sana Ullah on local television.

He also said that five of the dead were Pakistani soldiers.

The twin blasts, occurred around 12:30 p.m. (2:30 a.m. ET), ripped through a busy market area near the security area with the streets being crowded just before the start of Friday prayers.

A Lahore Police spokesman Rai Nazar Hayat said that a third blast shook the Moon Market area of Lahore, adding that the nighttime explosion was not as serious as the earlier twin blasts.

The investigation so far indicates that the bomb was ‘planted’, he said, adding that no one was hurt.

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