Pak suicide blast kills 12

The bomber struck as the people were leaving the mosque near the police lines after prayers, and most of the victims were policemen from the nearby station, police officials said.

Witnesses said the victims included a woman and two children. The toll could rise as the condition of some of the 28 people injured was critical.

Some senior police officers of Dir, from where the army claimed to have cleared the Taliban militants in a three-month long operation, were present in the mosque but escaped unhurt.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Idris Khan confirmed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber and said the attacker was unable to hit the police complex because of strict security measures.Officials said two suspects were arrested soon after the blast.

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