Nine injured in Pak suicide attack

Islamabad: A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the gate of a police station in Pakistan's restive northwest today, injuring nine people, including four policemen.

The attack occurred at Bannu in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, located a short distance from the lawless North Waziristan tribal region, at 6 am, officials said.

The powerful explosion damaged the police station.

Four policemen and five passers-by were injured in the blast, the officials said.

The injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

The blast also blew out the windows of several buildings and damaged nearby property.

A large contingent of police cordoned off the area and conducted a search operation. No group claimed responsibility for the incident though such attacks are usually blamed on the banned Pakistani Taliban.