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Death toll in Pakistan volleyball game bombing rises to 95

RIA Novosti


NEW DELHI, January 2 (RIA Novosti) - The death toll in Friday's suicide bombing during a volleyball game in northwestern Pakistan has risen to 95 people, the local GEO TV channel said on Saturday citing police sources.

Earlier reports said 88 to 93 people were killed and some 100 people injured when a bomber detonated his car laden with explosives at a volleyball court in a village near the town of Lakki Marwat.

The death toll can grow as the powerful explosion demolished 20 houses nearby, and rescuers and villagers are still searching for victims. Many of the injured are in critical condition in hospital.

The attack was condemned by Britain and the United States. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Saturday that Washington will continue supporting the Pakistani people "in their efforts to chart their own future free from fear and intimidation".

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressed condolences to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and those who suffered in one of the worst attacks that have hit the country, pledging support in its antiterrorism efforts.

Pakistan has witnessed a rise in bombings believed to be conducted by Islamists in response to military operations in their strongholds in the northwest.

A car bomb in a crowded market in Peshawar, Pakistan's northwest, killed 125 people in October.

The Pakistani military has been holding massive operations in South Waziristan, Taliban's stronghold on the border with Afghanistan. The U.S. has also urged Pakistan to assault Al-Qaeda militants on its territory, who carry out attacks on U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

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