Islamabad, - A suicide bomber has blown himself up outside a court in north-western Pakistan, killing eight people and wounding around 30 others, police and rescue officials said.

The bomber threw a hand grenade at security guards before storming into the compound of the district court in Mardan town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, German News Agency (DPA) quoted local police chief Faisal Shahzad as saying.

Nearly 40 people were taken to hospitals, rescue official Haris Habib said, where eight of them died of their injuries.

Source: Qatar News Agency