4 police killed in Peshawar suicide bombingBy Qaisar Yosufzai Feb 24, 2012 - 12:14
ISLAMABAD (PAN): Four policemen were killed in a suicide attack on a police station in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Friday, officials said.
Three suicide bombers conducted the attack on the C-Division Police Station, killing four police officials and wounding six others.
Capital City Police Officer Imtiaz Altaf told reporters at the site that the dead included a station house officer (SHO), in charge of the station.
SHO Munawar Khan and three of his colleagues succumbed to their injuries at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH). Altaf said two of the wounded were in critical condition.
Armed with hand grenades, two of the bombers blew themselves up inside the building near the lawless Khyber tribal region. A third assailant was shot dead in the subsequent fire exchange.
Bomb disposal squad expert Shafqat Khan said the bombers, aged less than 20 years, had strapped huge amounts of explosives to their bodies.
LRH chief, Rahim Jan Afridi, confirmed three dead bodies and six wounded policemen had been brought to hospital from the scene of the attack.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the death toll would have been much higher if police officials had not responded promptly to the attack.
There was no immediate assertion of responsibility for the assault, but authorities often blame the outlawed Tahreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) for suicide bombings.
On Thursday, 13 people were killed and 25 others wounded when an explosives-laden car went off at a bus stand on the outskirts of the Peshawar. The bombing took place in the Wakho Pul area on the Peshawar-Kohat road at around 10am.