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Death Toll Rises To 17 In Pakistan Court Bombing

The death toll in a suicide bombing at the entrance to a court building in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 17.

Two policemen, a policewoman, and a child were among those killed in the blast on March 7 in the town of Shabqadar in Charsadda district.

Police said the death toll rose after six of the more than 20 people wounded died in hospitals overnight.

A group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility, describing it as revenge for the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed last week for the 2011 killing of a provincial governor.

Charsadda district is located at the edge of Pakistan's tribal region, near the Afghan border.

Pakistan's military says it has entered the final phase of an offensive against the militants in the tribal region.

Overnight air strikes targeted several hideouts in the town of Shawal, killing 21 militants, according to a statement on March 8 by the Pakistani Army.

Based on reporting by AP and AFP