Pakistan's Mingora city rocked by blast

  • At least 21 people were killed in an explosion at a religious gathering in Pakistan's Swat Valley on Thursday.

    According to police, the explosion in the north-western city of Mingora was initially believed to have been caused by a gas canister.

    A senior official later said it was a bomb. The blast took place at a center run by the local Tableeghi Jamaat (Preachers' Party). No explosives were recovered from the site.

    More than 60 people were injured in the attack.

    Pakistani security forces have controlled the region since ousting the Taliban in 2009.

    If the attack is confirmed to be bombing, it would be the first such incident in Swat Valley for many months.

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