'Suicide attack' in northwestern Pakistan kills 18 persons, leaves 40 injured

Islamabad, December 29, AZERTAC

At least 18 people were killed and 40 others were injured in a blast outside a government office in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.

The "suicide attack" occurred on Tuesday outside National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in Mardan city, Dawn online quoted Deputy Inspector General (Mardan division) Saeed Wazir as saying.

A security guard posted at the office stopped the bomber at the gate after which he detonated his suicide vest, the DIG said.

The toll was expected to rise further as a large number of people were critically injured, the official said.

The area was cordoned off as rescue and security sources rushed to the site. The injured were shifted to Mardan medical complex.

A Mardan district police officer said it was too early to determine the nature of the blast.

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