Bombing in Pakistan leaves nine dead

Afghan refugee children repeat after their teacher during a class in makeshift school at a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Around a hundred illiterate Afghan refugee girls and boys gather three hours daily in a mosque room and a yard to learn the alphabet, numbers and reading from volunteer teachers. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
Afghan refugee children repeat after their teacher during a class in makeshift school at a mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. Around a hundred illiterate Afghan refugee girls and boys gather three hours daily in a mosque room and a yard to learn the alphabet, numbers and reading from volunteer teachers. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

ISLAMABAD (AP) – A Pakistani official says a bomb blast in the northwestern city of Peshawar has killed nine people near a mosque belonging to the Shiite Muslim minority sect.

Police official Rizwan Khan the explosion, also near a hotel, wounded 30 people.

The hotel is frequented by Shiites who visit the mosque next door. Khan said most of the dead and wounded were Shiites.

The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed.

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