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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 November, 2004, 05:34 GMT
Blast hits Pakistan cinema hall
View inside the mosque after the blast
Pakistan has been wracked by religious violence recently
A bomb at a cinema in north-west Pakistan has killed two people and injured at least 29 others, police say.

The attack took place in the town of Mingora in the North West Frontier Province, some 110km (70 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.

It remains unclear who carried out the attack at the 200-seat hall, which was nearly full at the time.

Mingora is home to a number of radical Islamic leaders promoting strict adherence to religious codes.

The police said the bomb was planted in a plastic bag in the front row of the cinema. It exploded near the end of the show.

One suspect - a man carrying wires and detonators - was among the injured, the police said.

The BBC's Paul Anderson in Islamabad says the police will be looking into the possibility of whoever carried out the attack did so out of religious zeal, believing that Muslims should be carrying out their Islamic duties rather than watching films.

Correspondents say it is also possible that the attack was linked to criminal activity.

Pakistan has been wracked by religious violence recently.

A series of attacks blamed on Sunni and Shia militants claimed more than 70 lives in Pakistan in October alone.



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