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Terrorist attacks hit back in Pakistan after breather

(Xinhua)

15:51, August 11, 2011

Terrorist attacks hit back in Pakistan after a gasp for breath. On Thursday morning two serial blasts including one of suicide nature hit the country's northwest city of Peshawar, killing at least six people and injuring nearly 30 others, most of whom are policemen.

This is the most serious terrorist attack of its kind in the country over the past month. A lot of retaliatory terrorist attacks were reported in Pakistan in May and June following the killing of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. special forces.

But in July no major terrorist attacks occurred in Pakistan though sporadic terrorist attacks were reported here and there across the country, mostly in its southwestern Balochistan province.

Thursday's suicide bomb attack in Peshawar is also the first of its kind ever reported across the country since July 11 when a suicide blast hit a political gathering in the country's northwest district of Batgram, killing six people and injuring a dozen others.

Earlier on Thursday morning, at about 7:00 a.m. local time, a roadside bomb planted under a pile of fruits along the street in the Lahori Gate area of Peshawar hit a police van carrying an estimated 20 police officers to duty places.

Five policemen on the bus were killed right on the spot while 17 others on board were injured. Hospital sources said some of the injured are in critical condition, which means a possible further rise in the death toll.

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