Death toll in Pakistan mosque suicide bombing over 70

Victim of the bomb attack at a mosque in Darra Adam Khel is taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar for treatment November 5, 2010. The bomb went off as worshippers were leaving the mosque

The number of people killed in a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in north-west Pakistan has risen to 72, local officials say.

It happened during Friday prayers in the Darra Adam Khel area, near Pakistan's tribal regions.

Soldiers and police were out in force on Saturday to prevent possible attacks on funerals for the victims.

About 70 funerals were held early on Saturday, local official Yusuf Khan told the BBC Urdu service.

He said the death toll could rise further as many people injured in the attack were in a critical state.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack, the latest in a series of mosque and shrine bombings.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for such attacks in the past and have been particularly active in recent years in and around Peshawar.

The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says the Darra Adam Khel bombing may have been a response from pro-Taliban militants to recent military offensives in the area.

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It was one of two attacks on mosques in north-west Pakistan on Friday.

In the later attack, unknown assailants threw hand grenades into a mosque during evening prayers in the village of Sulemankhel, about 7km (4.5 miles) north of Peshawar, police said.

Four people were killed and more than 20 injured.

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