Four killed in Peshawar suicide bombing (Third Lead)

Peshawar, Nov 16 ( At least four people were killed and 30 injured Monday morning when a suicide bomber detonated his car packed with explosives near a police station in the outskirts of this Pakistani city, an official said.

The blast took place at 7.45 a.m. in Badhbeer, which is located close to the North-West Frontier Province capital.

District Coordination Officer (DCO) Peshawar Sahibzada Anis said four people died in the blast and the wounded include children and women.

“Eight of the blast victims are in critical condition and the death toll might increase,” DPA quoted Abdul Hamid Afridi, the senior physician at the state-run Lady Reading Hospital, as saying.

Police officer Shajehan Khan said guards fired at the lone attacker in the vehicle as he drove close to the building but he managed to detonate the explosives.

Bomb disposal experts said up to 250 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

The blast damaged the police building, a mosque and several shops.

Pakistan has been struck by a series of terror attacks since Oct 5, when the latest wave of violence was unleashed by the Taliban which is battling the army in the rugged terrain of South Waziristan. Peshawar itself has seen seven attacks in this period, killing over 220 people and injuring more than 400.

The city witnessed this year’s worst terror attack Oct 28 when a massive explosion in a crowded market killed 117 people and injured over 200.

On Oct 9, 50 people were killed in a bomb explosion. Less than a week later Oct 15, one person died in a blast while the very next day 15 people were killed in a major explosion. While the Oct 23 blast left 15 people injured, five days later saw the horrific bombing in bustling Meena Bazar where 117 people died.

This month Nov 8, the Taliban struck again with a bombing that left 18 people dead and 39 wounded. On Nov 14, 10 people were killed and 20 injured in a suicide car bombing.