Pakistan blasts target govt official, dozens killed

Two blasts killed at least 40 people in an attack at the office compound of a senior government official in an area along Pakistan's Afghan border.

Pakistan blasts target govt official, dozens killed

Two blasts killed at least 40 people in an attack at the office compound of a senior government official in an area along Pakistan's Afghan border on Monday, officials said.

The bombers on motorbikes targeted an administration compound in Ghalalnai, the main town in the tribal district of Mohmand, about 175 kilometres (110 miles) northwest of the federal capital Islamabad and near the Afghan border.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

"The blasts destroyed many rooms in the compound and our reports are 40 people were killed and many wounded," a senior security official in the region said.

Amjad Ali Khan, the top government official in the Mohmand region who appeared to be the target of the attack, earlier told Reuters by telephone that it appeared to be a suicide attack.

"There were two bombers. They were on foot. The first blew himself up inside the office of one of my deputies while the second one set off explosives when guards caught him."

Mohmand is one of the tribal regions in Pakistan's northwest.

Agencies

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