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Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for attack on court, killing 16

Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for attack on court, killing 16

At least 16 people, including two police officers, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up Monday at the gate of a judicial complex in northeastern Pakistan, officials said.

Senior police officer Saeed Wazir said the bomber was heading toward the main judicial compound in the town of Charsadda, about 15 miles from the city of Peshawar, where hundreds of litigants were present. Authorities said the death toll had increased from 11 to 16.

“If the bomber had reached the main compound, then the death toll could have been three times higher,” he said.

The Pakistani Taliban, the outlawed militant group, claimed responsibility through a spokesman...

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