(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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