Entries in Friday Prayers (3)


Dozens Killed after Explosion Rocks Pakistan Mosque

George Doyle/Thinkstock(PESHAWAR, Pakistan) -- At least 40 people are dead after an explosion ripped through a mosque in northwest Pakistan during Friday prayers, according to local officials.

The blast, which occurred in the Khyber tribal district near Peshawar, is believed to have been the result of a suicide bomber.

"It was a suicide attack.  The bomber was wearing about 8-10kg of explosives and was on foot.  He detonated in the main prayer hall," Khalid Mumtaz Kundi, the deputy chief of the Khyber administration, told AFP.

The attack also left dozens injured, many seriously.

"The [death] toll could rise as many wounded are in serious condition," Kundi said.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing.

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Security Heightened in Libya as More Protests Expected

Dan Kitwood/Getty Images(TRIPOLI, Libya) -- Pro-Gadhafi security forces in Libya stepped up their efforts Friday as more demonstrations are planned throughout the country after Friday prayers.

Security forces kept control over the anti-government protesters in Tripoli, scattering them with tear gas and live fire. Military equipment, including tanks and anti-aircraft machine guns, were also set in place at intersections in and around the city.

The heightened security in Libya comes a day after President Obama publicy called for Moammar Gadhafi to step down.

"Let me just be very unambiguous about this. Col. Gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave," Obama told reporters at the White House Thursday.

Gadhafi has been at war over the past two weeks with anti-government forces who've taken control of eastern Libya, the location of the country's oil installations.  Since the unrest began, oil exports have slowed down to a trickle, which has sent the price of crude soaring.

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Egypt Protesters to Gather After Friday Prayers

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- Thousands of anti-government protesters will gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday in what's expected to be a massive demonstration calling for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Protesters are expected to populate the Square shortly after attending Friday prayers at their mosques.

ABC News correspondents in the country report that ambulances and tanks are standing by as the crowds continue to grow.  Helicopters are flying overhead and entrances to the Square are heavily fortified.

On Thursday, more violence ensued between anti-government protesters and those in favor of Mubarak.  Both sides attacked each other with rocks and fire bombs for a second straight day of violent clashes.  Several people have already been killed in the clashes and hundreds others have been injured.

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