Official: Death toll at 40 in Pakistan blast

Story highlights

  • 40 people were killed in the Friday blast, officials say
  • A suicide bomber on a motorcycle drove into a crowd and detonated

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.