Death toll in Pakistani court bombing rises to 17

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A police official says the death toll in a suicide bombing at the entrance to a court building in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 17.

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Ali Jan Khan says the Monday blast in the town of Shabqadar in Charsadda district killed 17 people, including two policemen and a policewoman.

He said Tuesday that the death toll rose after six of the more than 20 people wounded died in hospitals overnight.

A group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility, terming it an attack on the judiciary which "gives verdicts against God's divine laws."

Ahrar's spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan has said that the court bombing was a revenge for the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed last week for the 2011 killing of a provincial governor.



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