Suicide blast kills 17, injures over 60 in NW Pakistan

08:45, September 08, 2010      

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At least 17 people were killed and more than 60 others injured following a Tuesday night suicide bomb blast at a police residential area in the city of Kohat in Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkwa.

According to Xinhua reporter and local media reports, an unidentified suicide bomber rammed an explosive-laden rickshaw at one of the buildings inside a police residential area, destroying 25 living quarters. Dozens of people are said to be trapped inside the damaged buildings.

Police have cordoned off the blast area and rescue team has arrived at the scene, said an eyewitness.

All the injured people are police and their family members, including many women and kids, said hospital sources, adding at least five of the injured are in critical condition.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast yet.

This is the fourth suicide blast in Pakistan this month.

At least 19 people including nine policemen were killed and several dozens injured in a suicide car bomb attack at a police station early Monday morning in Lakki Marwat in Pakistan's northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Source: Xinhua


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