18 Feb 2012

Suicide bomber kills 26

6:06 am on 18 February 2012

A suicide bomber has killed 26 people in northwest Pakistan. More than 40 others were wounded.

A motorbike rider blew himself up in a market close to a mosque in the town of Parachinar in tribal region of Kurram, near the Afghan border.

Three more people died when security forces fired on crowds of protestors afterwards. A curfew has now been imposed.

The BBC reports a breakaway faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the attack.

Kurram was the scene of an offensive by Pakistani security forces against insurgents last July.