April 16th, 2010
10:21 AM ET

12 dead in hospital attack in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan  - Twelve people were killed and 35 were wounded Friday morning in a suicide bombing at a western Pakistan hospital, authorities said. The attack occurred at Civil Hospital in the city of Quetta, police said.

Among the dead were four police officers and a TV cameraman, authorities said. Police found the head of the suicide bomber and he appears to around 20 years old.

Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a banned militant group in Pakistan, has claimed responsibility for the suicide blast, according to group spokesman Ali Sher Haideri.

In an unrelated incident, militants bombed a school in northwest Pakistan early Friday, officials said.

The attack on the five-room girls' school in the Charsada district of the North West Frontier Province is the latest in a series of blasts that have destroyed dozens of schools in the area in recent years.

The attack occurred about 2 a.m. Friday, said Riaz Muhammad, Charsada district police officer.

Militants placed explosives in three parts of the school, Muhammad said.

- Journalist Kiran Khalid and Nazar Ul-Islam contributed to this report.

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