Bombs at mosques in northwest Pakistan kill 10

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By RIAZ KHAN, Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Bombs exploded outside two mosques in a village in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 10 people and wounding more than 30, police said.

Both of the Sunni Muslim mosques were badly damaged, and the roof of one of them collapsed, said tribal police officer Badshah Rehman. The mosques were located in Baz Darrah village in the Malakand district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Shahid Ali, who was in the first mosque that was attacked, said the explosion came just as worshippers were starting Friday prayers.

"I rushed out with others and saw several people bleeding and crying," Ali told The Associated Press by telephone. "There was dust and smoke around."

Ali rushed to the second mosque after it was attacked and saw that its roof had caved in and it was on fire.

"Many people are buried under the rubble," he said.

Rescue workers were trying to retrieve the dead and wounded from the debris, Rehman said.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blasts, but suspicion will likely fall on the Pakistani Taliban.

The militant group has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years that has killed thousands of civilians and security personnel. The Pakistani army has launched multiple operations against the militants in the northwest, but they have proven resilient and continue to carry out near-daily attacks.

The Taliban recently launched a series of attacks in the run-up to national elections on May 11 in an attempt to derail the vote. Pakistanis defied the militant group by coming out in large numbers to cast their ballots.

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Associated Press writer Sherin Zada contributed to this report from Mingora, Pakistan.

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