24 killed in Pakistan security checkpost attack – officials

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People gather at the site of a suicide bombing in Hangu, Pakistan, Friday, Feb 1, 2013. A suicide bomber detonated his explosives outside a Shiite mosque in northwestern Pakistan as worshippers were leaving Friday prayers, killing several people and wounding many in the latest apparent sectarian attack in the country, police said. (AP Photo/Abdul Basit)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan – The death toll of a suicide bomb attack on a military checkpost in Pakistan’s troubled northwest early on Saturday has risen to 24, killing 13 soldiers and 11 civilians, officials said.

“Thirteen security personnel and 11 civilians were killed in the attack,” a security official said of the raid which happened around 240 kilometers (150 miles) south of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Another official said that the killed civilians include four children and three women.

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