At least 46 people, among them a provincial lawmaker, died and 100 others were wounded Tuesday in a suicide bomb attack on a funeral in the northwestern city of Mardan, a Pakistani police officer told Efe.
The explosion occurred about 4 p.m. during the burial of a well-known local businessman attended by hundreds of people, Humayun Khan said.
He said that many injured people and several bodies were transported to hospitals outside the city, which could make tallying the victims difficult.
Among the dead is lawmaker Imran Mohmand, a member of the governing party from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
According to police, the funeral was for Mohammed Abdullah, the owner of several gasoline stations in Mardan, who was gunned down Monday night by a group of unknown men.
Authorities said the bomb attack on Tuesday was carried out by a man who detonated explosives attached to his body just as the funeral ceremony was ending.
Police consulted by Efe said that they did not know who was behind the killing of Abdullah or the bomb attack.
Pakistan's prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, "energetically" condemned the attack and expressed his "sympathy for the families of the victims." EFE