Two bombs exploded near separate mosques killing at least 18 people in a remote area of northwestern Pakistan. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least 18 people were killed as they prayed when explosions ripped through two mosques in Pakistan on Friday, villagers and government officials said.
The blasts occurred in Bazdara, which is located in a mountainous region close to the restive Swat valley. Villagers put the death toll at 33. However, authorities said 18 people had died.
"The roof of [one of the mosques] collapsed in the blast," local resident Shah Jehan said.
Pakistani security forces cordoned off the area while villagers searched the rubble for survivors.
"The death toll is likely to rise as some of the injured people are in a serious condition," local government official Sajid Khan added.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the bombings. The Pakistani military has maintained a heavy presence in the region since its 2009 offensive against militants in nearby Swat.
This story was originally published on Fri May 17, 2013 10:59 AM EDT