Pakistan: Two cops killed, 6 injured in Peshawar suicide blast

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SHAFAQNA - At least two policemen were killed and six others were injured Thursday morning when a suicide blast targeting the vehicle of Deputy Commandant of Frontier Reserve Police (FRP) occurred in Peshawar’s Hayatabad area.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mian Saeed confirmed that the attack was a suicide blast which took place near Deputy Commandant FRP Malik Tariq’s vehicle when he was on his way to the FRP office.

According to hospital sources, the explosion left two policeman dead and six others injured — including two policemen, two passers-by, the driver of the vehicle and Deputy Commandant Malik Tariq. The vehicle was completely destroyed in the blast.

Security sources said the suicide bomber was on a motorcycle.

Additional Inspector General of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) Shafqat Malik said five-six kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the making of the bomb.

The casualties were shifted to Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar. A police official was reported to be in critical condition.

Rescue teams and security personnel reached the site of attack, and launched an investigation into the blast.

The proscribed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in a statement claimed responsibility for the suicide blast. However, the claim could not be independently verified.

Hayatabad is a posh suburb of Peshawar on the south-western fringe of the city.

Peshawar is the gateway to Pakistan’s troubled northwestern tribal region where troops have for years been locked in deadly battles with insurgents.

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