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In Pakistan, bombing kills 29 and wounds 50

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt yesterday killed 29 people, including some militants, underscoring the relentless security threat in the United States even as Pakistani-U.S. cooperation against extremism appears on the upswing.

The attack in Khyber tribal region came as U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad, the capital.

The bomb explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding some 50 others, local official Jawed Khan said. Earlier reports had said the blast occurred in the Orakzai area at a cattle market. The two areas border one another, and the market is apparently near the mosque.

Whether the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber or a planted device was being investigated.

No group claimed responsibility, but Khan said the dead included militants from Lashkar-e-Islam, an insurgent group in Khyber that has clashed with another militant outfit known as Ansarul Islam. Both espouse Taliban-style ideologies.

- AP

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