Dawn : 23 dead in Pakistan hospital suicide blast

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

23 dead in Pakistan hospital suicide blast

August 19, 2008

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug 19 (AFP) A suicide bomber blew himself up Tuesday at a hospital in the northwestern Dera Ismail Khan town, killing at least 23 people, police said.

The explosion happened as people gathered to protest over the death of a man in a suspected sectarian attack in the town, said provincial police chief Malik Naveed Khan.

“There are 23 confirmed dead and up to 20 wounded. We have found the legs of the suspected suicide bomber,” Khan told a private television channel.

Provincial police spokesman Riaz Ahmed said the dead included civilians from the crowd of protesters and policemen who went to the hospital to provide security.