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Bomber kills 7 in NW Pakistan: police

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 18, IRNA -- A suicide bomber attacked a police station in northwest Pakistan and killed at least seven persons Sunday morning, police chief said.

The bomber rammed his explosive-packed vehicle with police station in Kohat, a main city some 60 kilometers from Peshawar, deputy inspector general police Abdullah Khan told reporters at the blast site.

Khan said that 26 people including six policemen were injured who were taken to local hospital. The blast destroyed building of the police station in Cantonment area of Kohat and also caused damage to nearby buildings including a primary school.

Police said the school was closed because of weekly holiday on Sunday otherwise the attack could cause more casualties.

The blast at 7.15 a.m. was heard in the whole city and witnesses said they thick smoke in the air shortly after the blast.

Police said that the police on suspicion tried to stop the vehicle and the bomber exploded the bomb as the police stopped him from approaching the police station.

Khan said that suicide attacks are reaction to the ongoing military operation against the militants in tribal regions. He said the militants are regularly targeting security forces in frustration.

Bomb disposal experts said that some 250 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack. The blast caused several-feet deep crater near the police station building.

TV footage showed most parts of the police station and nearby school building destroyed.

It is the second attack on the same police station as it was also attacked by a bomber last year, killing several policemen and civilians. The police station was recently built, police said.

It is the second suicide attack in the same region in two days.

On Saturday two suicide bombers attacked a registration camp of internally displaced persons near Kohat, killing at least 42 people and injuring over 50.

An extremist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi al-Alami claimed responsibility for the Saturday’s attacks, which had targeted Shiite IDPs of a military operation in Orakzai tribal region.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1062988



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