Pakistan: At least 23 killed in suicide blast at a mosque

The blast reportedly occurred at a mosque near the Afghanistan border in Payee Khan village. The bomber allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” before detonating himself inside the crowded mosque, according to Reuters.

Shaukat Khan, an official in the northwestern FATA region, said that at least 24 people had been wounded, and “many people were gathered inside the mosque at the time when the suicide bomber blew himself up.”

Pakistan’s deeply conservative frontier regions are hard to access due to the rough terrains, and have long been the sanctuary of al Qaeda, Taliban and fighters from other militant Islamist groups.