- The Washington Times - Friday, February 19, 2010

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) | A bomb blast at a mosque in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal belt killed 29 people, including some militants, Thursday, underscoring the relentless security threat here even as Pakistani-U.S. cooperation against extremism appears on the upswing.

The attack in Khyber tribal region came as U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrooke met with Pakistani leaders in Islamabad, the capital.

The bomb explosion tore through a mosque in the Aka Khel area of Khyber, killing at least 29 people and wounding some 50 others, local official Jawed Khan said.

No group claimed responsibility, but Mr. Khan said the dead included militants from Lashkar-e-Islam, an insurgent group in Khyber that has clashed with another militant outfit known as Ansarul Islam. Both espouse Taliban-style ideologies.

Also Thursday, two Pakistani intelligence officials said a suspected U.S. missile strike on a house in North Waziristan tribal area killed three people.

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