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Death Toll Rises To 17 In Pakistan Court Bombing

Suicide Bomber Strikes In Northwestern Pakistani
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March 07, 2016
At least 12 people were killed, and more than 20 were injured, in a suicide attack outside a court building in northwestern Pakistan. There was heavy damage at the scene in the town of Shabqadar, including the charred remains of at least two vehicles. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)
WATCH: Suicide Bomber Strikes In Northwestern Pakistan

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

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