Lawyers are among the dead in suicide bombing outside Pakistan courthouse

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At least 12 people died, including four lawyers, in a suicide bombing on Friday outside a courthouse in Pakistan.

A suicide bomber threw a grenade at the entrance to the courthouse in Mardan and then blew himself up, report the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.).

The dead included four lawyers, two police officers and nine others. At least 50 others were injured, according to the Los Angeles Times and the Wall Street Journal.

A faction of the Pakistani Taliban called Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack. The same group had claimed responsibility for an Aug. 8 attack at a Pakistan hospital that apparently targeted lawyers mourning a slain colleague. Ninety-three people died in the earlier attack.

The group has targeted the judicial system based on the belief it is secular and against Islam.

The courthouse attack on Monday followed an attack on a Christian neighborhood in the same region of Pakistan hours before. One security guard was reportedly killed, as were the four attackers.

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