Attacks continue against Ahmadiyya Muslims, this time in Pakistan:
The number of people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in north-west Pakistan has risen to 72, local officials say.
It happened during Friday prayers in the Darra Adam Khel area, near Pakistan’s tribal regions.
Soldiers and police were out in force on Saturday to prevent possible attacks on funerals for the victims.
About 70 funerals were held early on Saturday, local official Yusuf Khan told the BBC Urdu service.
He said the death toll could rise further as many people injured in the attack were in a critical state.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, the latest in a series of mosque and shrine bombings.
The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for such attacks in the past and have been particularly active in recent years in and around Peshawar.
The BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says the Darra Adam Khel bombing may have been a response from pro-Taliban militants to recent military offensives in the area.
According to witnesses, in the first mosque, three terrorists went into, began shooting at will against the faithful and exploded some hand-grenades. When the police arrived, they killed themselves using their explosive belts.
In the second mosque, after shooting the faithful, they held their position against the police for hours. Only 2 were caught alive, one of them being a pashtun, something that links him to the talibans that operate in some areas of Western Pakistan.