At least 18 killed in Pakistan suicide blast
Dec 29, Islamabad: At least 18 people have been killed and 35 others wounded in a suspected suicide attack at a government office in north-west Pakistan.
Senior police officer Saeed Khan Wazir said that Tuesday's attack took place outside the regional office of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), which issues identity cards to Pakistanis.
Some reports suggested a suicide bomber had driven a motorbike into the office's gates.
The NADRA office was reportedly crowded with people lining up to get ID cards, BBC news report said.
According to Reuters reports, the Bach Khan Medical complex has received at least 16 dead bodies and dozens of injured people.
Police Superintendant Hashmatullah Zaidi put the death toll at 18.
The attack is one of the worst since a security crackdown following the Peshawar school massacre a year ago that saw 150 people killed by the Pakistani Taliban.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
The Oslo Times