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Official: Death toll at 40 in Pakistan blast

From Nasir Habib, CNN
updated 7:30 AM EST, Mon February 20, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 40 people were killed in the Friday blast, officials say
  • A suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a crowd and detonated

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- The death toll from a suicide bombing Friday at a market in Pakistan's tribal region climbed to 40 as of Monday, a government official in the region said.

The toll was at 34 on Sunday. Sahibzada Anis Khan, a commissioner in the Kohat region who oversees Kurram Agency, where the incident took place, gave the updated toll Monday.

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle entered a crowd at a festival following Friday prayers in Parachinar, a town in Kurram Agency, and detonated. Forty-two people were wounded in the blast at the crowded marketplace, officials said Sunday.

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