Bomb kills 17 in Pakistan

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  • The blast injures 38 others, official says
  • Initial investigations indicate it was targeting a base for anti-Taliban fighters
  • Officials say the death toll could rise significantly

A suicide blast killed at least 17 people in a tribal area in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, authorities said.

The blast injured 38 others in Darra Adam khel, near Peshawar, said Nasir Khan, a local government official.

Initial investigations indicate the bomb was targeting a base for anti-Taliban fighters, according to officials.

"The building targeted was the resistance fighters' office base," said Ghulam Farooq, another local official.

The Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan operates in the area, according to Farooq.

Officials say the death toll could go up significantly. The building targeted was in a main market area at one of the busiest times of the day.