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21 dead as suicide bomber strikes in Pakistan

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  • NEW: 27 wounded by suicide bomber, said to be 15 to 20 years old
  • Blast happened near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan
  • Victims said to be security personnel gathering for Ramadan meal
  • Blast targeted barracks of paramilitary force in Khyber region
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- At least 21 people were killed and 27 wounded in a suicide bombing Thursday in Pakistan, near its border with Afghanistan, officials told CNN.

The victims were security personnel gathering for a meal to end the daily fast during the Muslim month of Ramadan, a local official told CNN. The official declined to be named.

The suicide bomber entered the barracks of a para-military force in the town of Torkham, in the Khyber agency, or district, and blew himself up, the official said.

Survivors of the attack said the bomber was a young man between 15 and 20 years old who was bringing water to the security personnel, according to Nasir Khan, a local official. He placed jugs of water on the ground and then detonated explosives strapped to his body, Khan said.

A NATO oil tank truck delivering supplies to NATO troops in Afghanistan was blown up a day earlier on the same road in Torkham where Thursday's attack took place.

CNN's Samson Desta contributed to this report.

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