Peshawar: At least 20 people, mostly
security personnel, were killed and 14 others wounded when a
suicide bomber today rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into
a police station in northwest Pakistan, officials said.
The bomber targeted Miryan police station in Bannu
district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province this evening.
The explosion, which was heard from several kilometers
away, flattened the police station and a nearby mosque.
"At least 20 people are dead and toll is expected to
rise as some persons could be buried in the rubble of the
police station and mosque," they said.
Local residents and rescue workers were removing the
debris with their hands.
Security officials said most of the dead were
policemen and Frontier Corps personnel.
Several worshippers in the mosque died when its roof
caved in. The blast also destroyed part of a girls` primary
Ambulances rushed to the site and took the injured and
bodies to a nearby hospital.
Rescue operations were hampered by a power outage and
the lack of heavy machinery.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Muhammad Iftikhar
Khan and provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain
confirmed the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
Sources told PTI that militants from the adjoining
tribal belt had entered Bannu district with two explosives-
laden vehicles, one of which was used to target the police
Bannu borders the volatile North Waziristan and South
Waziristan tribal regions that are considered strongholds of
the Pakistani Taliban.