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PESHAWAR, Sept 16 (APP): A suicide bomber blew himself up, killing 23 people with 31 other injured during Friday prayer in a masjid (mosque) situated in Payee Khan Village of Tehsil Ambar, Mohmand Agency.

According to APA Lower Mohmand Naveed Akbar, a suicide bomber entered into the masjid during Juma congregation and blew himself up by killing 23 innocent worshipers with leaving 31 other injured.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombing in Payee Khan, a village situated some 65 kilometers in the north of Mohmand Agency, near Bajaur Agency. Most of the injured were shifted to Agency Headquarter Ghalanai, Bajaur Agency, APA Naveed Akbar added.

Naveed Akbar said that eyewitnesses also confirmed that it was a suicide bomber who quickly entered into the crowded masjid and blew himself up with a big bang. The verandah of the masjid also caved in as result of the blast, he confirmed.
He said soon after the blast, the locals and personnel of the security forces rushed to site and started relief operation by shifting the injured to the nearby hospital.

He confirmed that as many as 30 injured were shifted to District Headquarter Hospital Khar while only one teenager has admitted in Agency Headquarter Hospital, Ghalanai, Mohmand Agency.