Pakistan, July 9 (Reuters) – A suicide bomber killed three people and wounded nearly 50 in an attack outside the office of a senior government official in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, government and hospital officials said.
The bomber struck when dozens of people were gathered around the office in the Mohmand ethnic Pashtun tribal region on the Afghan border, where security forces have stepped up attacks on Taliban militants in recent weeks.
“The bomber blew himself up outside the office of an assistant political agent, killing himself and wounding dozens others,” a government official, Mehraj Khan, told Reuters.
Hospital officials said three people were killed and nearly 50 were being treated for multiple wounds.
Pakistan launched two major offensives in the northwest last year against homegrown Taliban militants who have killed hundreds of people in retaliatory attacks across Pakistan, mostly in the northwest, but also in major cities. (Reporting by Izaz Mohmand; Writing by Augustine Anthony; Editing by Chris Allbritton and Ron Popeski) (E-mail: email@example.com; Reuters Messaging: firstname.lastname@example.org; Islamabad newsroom: +92 51 281 0017)) (If you have a query or comment about this story, send an e-mail to email@example.com)