Earlier attacks targeted near the UN office in Islamabad and Waziristan where 17 people lost their lives.
The bomber is said to have been between 16 and 17 years of age. He detonated himself near the gate of a prayer hall in Chakwal. The town is about 90 km from Islamabad.
The teen had been barred from entering the complex by those guarding the entrance. There were about 2,000 worshipers in the prayer hall at the time of the attack. In addition to the 30 dead, 200 people were wounded.
Shanghai Daily reports:
“Had he succeeded in exploding inside it could have caused a much bigger loss because there were hundreds of people inside,” Nasir Khan Durrani said.
Local media showed video of the carnage. Pools of blood were seen in front of the mosque.
The attack has been condemned by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who reminded people that those behind such violence want to give Islam a bad name.