The blast was so powerful that it toppled the truck carrying police officers into a ravine, police chief Meher said, adding that the bombing also damaged a nearby car carrying members of a family. He said that the anti-polio campaign will continue even after the bombing.
Some 45 suspects have been arrested since the Wednesday bombing in Medan on Sumatra island, while two bombmakers were shot dead during a raid, according to authorities.
The toll was likely to rise as scores of people were rushed to hospitals, government spokesman told the media. Earlier, the director of the Aamin Ambulance service, confirmed the 76 dead and said more than 50 others were wounded.
Female relatives and children wailed and beat their chests at family homes as the dead were taken for funerals, following local customs. Hundreds of men followed the caskets to mosques and open areas for special funeral prayers and then into the hills for burial.
The suicide bomber attack on Sunday at a rally of Jamiat-ul-Ulema Islam (Fazl) in the Khar, in the district of Bajaur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, near the Afghanistan border, has been another instance in the region of terrorist attacks. The death toll of the Sunday attack had risen to 54 by Monday evening and that of the injured to
"The bomber went (back) to Afghanistan, trained there and returned without informing his family," one of the senior police officials said.
This is the fourth explosion that has hit Al-Bab city since the beginning of this month, and no party has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
Tunisia has opened an investigation after reports that the suspect in the Nice attack is Tunisian, the spokesman for a specialised counter-militancy court, Mohsen Dali, said.
It said the child she was carrying died on the spot and another small girl was wounded as the woman detonated the belt in the remote Mount Selloum area of Kasserine near the Algerian border.