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21 die in suicide attack in Pakistan's Punjab.

ISLAMABAD, April 5 Kyodo

An estimated 21 worshipers were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself Sunday at a Shiite gathering at a mosque in Chakwal in Punjab province, 45 kilometers south of Islamabad, police and hospital officials said.

The bomber blew himself up as security guards frisked him at the entrance to the mosque.

Nasir Durrani, the city police chief, told reporters 17 persons have died in the suicide attack, but a list of 21 deceased was affixed at the city district hospital.

The dead include four children.

Scores of people have been injured.

Witnesses said the suicide bomber was a 17- to 18-year-old youth who came to the mosque on a motorcycle.

Television channels said announcements have been made in city mosques and the hospital that the suicide bomber was accompanied by another person who may have managed to escape.

A suicide bomber in Islamabad on Saturday blew himself up in an attack on a paramilitary barrack, killing six paramilitary personnel.
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Date:Apr 6, 2009
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