Peshawar: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police building in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan Wednesday, killing at least two policemen and injuring 19 other people, officials said.
The building on University Road, which houses the office of the Criminal Investigation Department, was destroyed by the powerful blast.
Senior Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Bashir Bilour confirmed that the attack was carried out by a suicide car bomber.
"About 300 kg of explosives was used in the attack. The engine of the bomber`s car landed 350 feet away and his body was blown to bits. Only one finger of the bomber has been found," Bilour told reporters after visiting the site of the attack.
Officials said two policemen were killed by the powerful blast, which occurred at 4.45 am local time. Eighteen people, including a child, were injured and were taken to two nearby hospitals. Doctors described the condition of the two injured policemen as serious.
Police and rescue workers said several policemen could be buried in the rubble of the building, whose walls and ceiling collapsed after the blast.
Army soldiers and policemen cordoned off the area and sealed the University Road. Footage on television channels showed heavy machinery being used to remove the debris of the police building.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack, which came barely three days after a group of Taliban fighters sneaked into a naval airbase in the southern port city of Karachi and killed 10 security personnel and destroyed two maritime surveillance aircraft
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said it had attacked the
naval airbase to avenge the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama
bin Laden in a US raid in Pakistan on May 2.
The police building targeted today is located about a
kilometre from the US consulate. Last week, a US Consulate
vehicle convoy was targeted with a car bomb. One person was
killed and over a dozen were injured though Americans were not
among the dead or seriously wounded.
Nearly 90 people, most of them paramilitary recruits,
were killed when two suicide bombers struck a Frontier
Constabulary training centre in northwest Pakistan on May 13.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack too, saying
it was carried out to take revenge for bin Laden`s killing.