Tuesday, March 12, 2013
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police van in northwestern Pakistan today, killing at least two people, police said.
Local police official Zaheer Khan said 10 people were also wounded in the attack in the district of Bannu in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. Initial reports suggested the attacker was on foot and targeted a police van near a police station.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but suspicion fell on Pakistani Taliban who often target police and security forces deployed there. The district of Bannu is located just outside the North Waziristan tribal region where several Pakistani, Afghan and al-Qaida-linked militant groups are based.
In a separate incident, a bomb disposal expert died today while defusing a roadside bomb in the city of Peshawar, senior police official Javed Khan said.