Death toll at Pakistan funeral blast jumps to 20

Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A police officer says the death toll from a bomb that ripped through a crowded funeral in northwest Pakistan has risen to 20 people.

Tahir Ayub Khan, a senior police officer, says Tuesday's bombing took place in a village near the city of Mardan and that a provincial lawmaker was among the dead.

The spokesman for the province, Shaukat Yousufzai, says the bombing also wounded 50 people.

Khan says authorities believe the carnage was the work of a suicide bomber who targeted the funeral of a man who had been killed the day before.

The lawmaker, Imran Khan Mohmand, ran in Pakistan's May 11 parliament elections as an independent candidate and later supported the party of cricketer turned politician Imran Khan.