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Asia-Pacific

At least 34 die in Pakistan funeral bomb

media Medics assist a man injured by a suicide bomb attack at a funeral procession … Reuters/K Parvez

At least 34 people have been killed and 45 others wounded in a suicide attack at a funeral in north-western Pakistan. The bomb went off during the funeral of the wife of an anti-Taliban militia in Adezai village, near Peshawar.

Eleven of the injured are in a critical condition. More than 200 people were gathered at the funeral. The blast took place just as the congregation had lined up to offer prayers.

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"The suicide bomber very easily came here and joined the participants," witness Gul Akbar told French press agency AFP. "There was not a single policeman to check him. We need the government's help to stop such attacks."

Prime Minister Syed Yousef Raza Gilani condemned the attack and reiterated the government's "resolve to root out the cancer of terrorism from every nook and corner of the country".

More than 4,000 people have died in suicide and bomb attacks in Pakistan since 2007.

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