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    Police officer among 6 dead in Peshawar attack

    ISLAMABAD (PAN): Six people, including a senior police officer, were killed and 37 others wounded in a suicide attack in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, on Wednesday.

    The suicide bombing occurred at 10am near a police checkpoint in the bustling Qissakhwani Bazaar, killing six people including Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Hilal Haidar, the city police chief, Asif Iqbal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Haidar, his driver, guard and two civilians were killed and many others injured in the blast, another police officer, Javed Marwat, told reporters at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).

    Five dead bodies and 37 injured people were brought to LRH, confirmed a doctor on duty, Mukhtar Khan. Eight of the injured are in critical condition, he said.

    The bomber on foot struck the ASP’s vehicle on his way to the office, Iqbal said, adding up to seven kilograms of explosives were used in the attack. Security forces cordoned off the area as investigations into the incident got underway.

    Ehsanullah Ehsan, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack, alleging that the ASP had been targeted for torturing detained militants during interrogations.