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Bomb attack on Pakistan court

Peshawar, Pakistan (AFP) – At least 11 people have been killed and up to 40 wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a court in the Pakistani city of Mardan Friday, police said, the latest assault targeting Pakistan’s legal community.

The bomber shot his way through the main gate leading to the district court, before throwing a hand grenade then detonating his suicide vest among the morning crowds, senior police official Ejaz Khan told reporters.

“The death toll has risen to 11,” he said, after officials had earlier put it at 10. Khan and another police official, Faisal Shehzad, said the dead included at least two policemen as well as lawyers and clerks.

The bomber had up to eight kilograms of explosives packed into his vest. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes three weeks after a massive suicide blast killed scores of lawyers in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in Balochistan.