Peshawar: A suicide bomber struck a police
vehicle at a city in the restive northwest Pakistan Tuesday, killing at least five persons, including a child, and injuring 15 others.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Iftikhar Khan said the
bomber, who was on foot, targeted the vehicle near the main
police station of Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Other officials said a police constable, a child and
three civilians were among those killed. Four persons were
killed instantly while a man succumbed to his injuries in
The 15 injured people were taken to a nearby hospital,
where an emergency was declared.
Police cordoned off the site of the blast and launched a
search operation. A suspect was arrested from the area,
Shops and markets across the city closed down after the
attack on the police van.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
Authorities usually blame the Taliban for such bombings.
Bannu district borders the volatile North Waziristan
tribal region, which is considered a hub of Taliban and al-
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack in
Bannu and directed authorities to investigate the incident.