Fayyaz Ahmed / EPA
Security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack at the funeral of a policeman in Quetta, Pakistan, Thursday.
QUETTA, Pakistan - A suicide bomber exploded a 26-pound bomb at a funeral in western Pakistan Thursday, killing at least 29 mourners and wounding 62 others, including women and children.
Fayaz Sumbal, the deputy inspector general of police operations for the city of Quetta, near the Afghanistan border, was among the dead.
A Reuters reporter described the aftermath as a scene of chaos, with weeping police officers wandering among body parts, looking for colleagues.
The bomber was aged between 25 and 30 and hid the explosives in his jacket, according to local bomb disposal officials who said the attacker’s head was found on a nearby roof.
Most of the victims had gathered at the graveyard for the funeral of a city police officer.
Fifteen of the wounded were in critical condition, local officials said.
The attack came on that same day that a bomb planted in a graveyard in Afghanistan killed 14 women and children, many of them picnicking at the graveside of a family member during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday, officials said.
Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Balochistan province, is home to many militants, including the Taliban, sectarian groups and separatist fighters, Reuters reported.
Reuters contributed to this report.
First published August 8 2013, 6:31 AM