11 Jul 2010

Village bomb toll now double

12:46 pm on 11 July 2010

The death toll in a double suicide bombing in a Pakistani tribal village on the border with Afghanistan on Friday is now more than 100.

Two bombers struck seconds apart in the Yakaghund village in the Mohmand tribal region, devastating government buildings, shops and houses.

Initial reports put the death toll at about 50, but that number has now increased. Most of the victims were women and children. More than 115 people were wounded.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility.

The BBC reports Mohmand has been the scene of heavy fighting between Pakistani security forces and the Taliban.

The region borders Kunar province in Afghanistan and the Bajaur tribal region of Pakistan, both of which are staging grounds for the Taliban.

It was the worst attack since 125 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the city of Peshawar.