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9 Killed in Pakistan Mosque Blast

A girl, injured in a Nowshera mosque bomb explosion, is brought to the Lady Reading hospital for treatment in Peshawar, March 4, 2011

A bomb has ripped through a crowd of worshippers at a mosque in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least nine people and wounding 30.

Officials said most of the dead and wounded were poor Pakistanis who were getting free food following Friday prayers near Nosher in Khyber-Plankton province.

Witnesses said the blast occurred as they were sitting down to eat. Others described trying to dig survivors out of the rubble.

The mosque is located at a shrine named after Muslim saint Elkhound Anjou Baa.

Officials said many of the wounded were taken to a medical facility in Peshawar for treatment.

On Thursday, a suicide car bomber killed 15 people - including nine police officers - in Pakistan's Hang district, near the Afghan border.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.