Suicide blast kills 4 in NW Pakistan

16:46, January 31, 2011      

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Rescuers inspect the police van destroyed in suicide blast in northwest Pakistan's Peshawar on Jan. 31, 2011. A suicide bomber killed one police officer and four other people in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, officials said. (Xinhua/Umar Qayyum)

A suicide bomber killed one police officer and four other people in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Monday, officials said.

Rashid Khan, deputy superintendent of Police, was in his official car when the bomber exploded bomb stripped to his body, killing him at the scene, District Coordination Officer Siraj Ahmed told reporters at the attack site.

Khan's guard and driver were killed at the scene, he said. Two civilians were also killed in the attack.

Ahmed said that 14 people, including several policemen, were also injured in the attack. He said the bomber was on foot and approached the police vehicle.

The injured were transferred to the city's main Lady Reading Hospital. Doctors said that several injured are registered to be critical.

Three vehicles were also destroyed in the attack at Garhi Qamar Din, an area in the outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province, witnesses said.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Taliban militants always claim responsibility for attacks on police officers.

Police sources said that the slain police officer had conducted few successful operations against the militants in Peshawar and had also survived a recent bomb attack in the city.

Chief of the Bomb Disposal Squad, Shafqat Malik said that seven kilograms of explosives were used in the attack, saying that the bombers are using new tactics in attacks after the security forces have frustrated most of their plans. He said head and other body parts of the bomber have been recovered.

Senior Provincial Minister Bashir Bilour visited the attack site and said the blast is reaction to the security forces operation against the militants in the Mohmand tribal region.

Security forces are on a major offensive in Mohmand tribal region along the border with Afghanistan and on Sunday killed 14 militants, reports said Monday.

The minister ruled out talks with Taliban militants and said there would be no talks unless they law down arms and accept the writ of the government. "Our fight against the terrorists will continue till they are wiped out," Bilour said.

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