Deadly suicide blast rips through Pakistani city
February 1, 2013 -- Updated 1631 GMT (0031 HKT)
- NEW: A suicide bomber kills at least 23 people and injures 56
- He detonated his explosives as worshippers were leaving Friday prayer services
- Both a Sunni and a Shia mosque are near the site of the blast
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A suicide bomber killed at least 23 people Friday in the center of a northern Pakistan city, police and hospital officials said.
The man detonated his explosives near a marketplace in Hangu in the volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan and has long been a haven for militants, including Pakistani Taliban.
He may have been targeting worshippers who were leaving midday prayer services in area where both a Sunni and a Shia mosque are located, said police spokesman Imtiaz Shah. There has been no claim of responsibility.
The attack injured 56 people, 16 critically, said hospital spokesman Dr. Nawab Hussein.
It came two days after gunmen killed seven people in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, and a bomb blast ripped through Karachi and left two dead.
This month, 97 people have died in bombings in Balochistan, leading to protests among Shiites who complain that the government has done too little to protect them.
Today's five most popular stories
Part of complete coverage on
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1526 GMT (2326 HKT)
Advocates say the exam includes unnecessarily invasive and irrelevant procedures -- like a so-called "two finger" test.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0009 GMT (0809 HKT)
Supplies of food, clothing and fuel are running short in Damascus and people are going hungry as the civil war drags on.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1801 GMT (0201 HKT)
Supporters of Richard III want a reconstruction of his head to bring a human aspect to a leader portrayed as a murderous villain.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1548 GMT (2348 HKT)
Robert Fowler spent 130 days held hostage by the same al Qaeda group that was behind the Algeria massacre. He shares his experience.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0507 GMT (1307 HKT)
As "We are the World" plays, a video shows what looks like a nuclear attack on the U.S. Jim Clancy reports on a bizarre video from North Korea.
The relationship is, once again, cold enough to make Obama's much-trumpeted "reset" in Russian-U.S. relations seem thoroughly off the rails.
Ten years on, what do you think the Iraq war has changed in you, and in your country? Send us your thoughts and experiences.
February 5, 2013 -- Updated 1215 GMT (2015 HKT)
Musician Daniela Mercury has sold more than 12 million albums worldwide over a career span of nearly 30 years.
Photojournalist Alison Wright travelled the world to capture its many faces in her latest book, "Face to Face: Portraits of the Human Spirit."
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 0006 GMT (0806 HKT)
Europol claims 380 soccer matches, including top level ones, were fixed - as the scandal widens, CNN's Dan Rivers looks at how it's done.
February 6, 2013 -- Updated 1237 GMT (2037 HKT)
That galaxy far, far away is apparently bigger than first thought. The "Star Wars" franchise will get two spinoff movies, Disney announced.
July 25, 2014 -- Updated 2327 GMT (0727 HKT)
It's an essential part of any trip, an activity we all take part in. Yet almost none of us are any good at it. Souvenir buying is too often an obligatory slog.