SHAFAQNA -Â 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 Peshawarâ€™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 Tariqâ€™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 â€” 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 Pakistanâ€™s troubled northwestern tribal region where troops have for years been locked in deadly battles with insurgents.