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Official: Death toll climbs to 34 in Pakistan blast

From Nasir Habib, CNN
updated 6:46 AM EST, Sun February 19, 2012
Officials say the bomb attack on a market in Parachinar, northwest Pakistan, was the deadliest in a month.
Officials say the bomb attack on a market in Parachinar, northwest Pakistan, was the deadliest in a month.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Death toll increases to 34, a government official says
  • NEW: Authorities say a suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a crowded market

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The death toll climbed to 34 following an explosion Friday at a market in Pakistan's tribal region, a senior government official said Sunday.

The deaths occurred when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a crowded market in Parachinar, a town in the Kurrum Agency, said Sahibzada Anis Khan, a government official who oversees the region.

The blast wounded 42 people, said Shahab Ali Shah, a government official of the Kurram Agency, one of the seven districts of Pakistan's volatile tribal region bordering Afghanistan.

The suicide bomber struck when people gathered in the market after their Friday prayer, Shah said.

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