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Deadly mosque bombing in Peshawar

Reuters/Fayaz Aziz

A bomb attack at a mosque in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar killed two people and wounded 11 others as worshippers left Friday Muslim prayers, officials said. The blast was in the congested Pushta Khara neighbourhood on the western outskirts of the city.

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Hospital officials confirmed the casualties and police said the attack was caused by an improvised-explosive device (IED), not a suicide bomber.

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About 3,740 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bomb explosions, since government troops stormed a radical mosque in Islamabad three years ago.

After a lull following this year’s floods, violence may be on the rise again, with election-related attacks in Karachi this week and three fatal attacks on paramilitary troops patrolling the tribal belt this week.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lead a third and final day of a "strategic dialogue" with Pakistan on Friday, in a show of support for the government following this year's criticism of its role in the Afghan conflict.

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