Twenty-two people, most of them security personnel, were killed and over 25 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a check post near the Afghan border in Pakistan’s restive Khyber tribal region on Thursday.
The attacker struck when a large number of personnel from the Khasadar force, a tribal militia, had gathered for ‘iftar’, the meal for breaking the daily fast during the holy month of Ramzan.
An injured Khasadar told reporters at Landikotal, a key town in the Khyber Agency, that over 30 security personnel were preparing for iftar when a teenaged youth entered the yard with several bottles of soft drinks and water that he said he wanted to share with them.
The youth then lobbed a grenade at the Khasadar personnel before blowing himself up. Officials said 20 Khasadars belonging to the Zakhakhel tribe were killed instantly while 27 others were injured.