Blast at government office in Pakistan kills 16

A suicide bomber attacked a government office in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and wounding more than 30, officials said.

The attacker targeted a branch of the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra), which issues government ID cards, in the northwestern town of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, police officer Naeem Khan told Reuters.

‘A suicide bomber riding an explosives-laden motorcycle hit the Nadra office in Mardan where a large number of people were standing in queues,’ he said.

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At least 16 bodies and 34 wounded were brought to Bach Khan Medical Complex, medical superintendent Dr Zulfiqar Durrani said by telephone.