At least 50 people were killed when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb inside a mosque in northwest Pakistan, apparently targeting a former interior minister.
The former minister, Aftab Sherpao, was unhurt, but his son and dozens of others were injured. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf condemned the attack and directed security and intelligence agencies to track down those responsible.
The mosque, located inside Sherpao's compound near the city of Peshawar, capital of Northwest Frontier Province, was crowded with worshippers offering prayers for the Muslim Eid al-Adha festival. Survivors described a scene of carnage with body parts and blood-spattered prayer caps littering the mosque. The bombing was the second assassination attempt in eight months on Sherpao, who has been an outspoken critic of Islamic militants.