Friday, March 29, 2013

Taliban Suicide Bomber Attacks Pakistani Government Convoy, 10 Killed, Over 30 Wounded

 Photo shows the vehicle of the Frontier Constabulary Commandant, which officials said was the intended target of the bomber, being towed away from the site.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

The Taliban always have a way of putting the damper on a weekend - today a suicide bomber struck at a convoy of government officials in Peshawar killing 10 but missing their target.

The story comes from DAWN.

Taliban bomber kills ten in Peshawar, 31 wounded

PESHAWAR: At least 10 people were killed and 31 injured Friday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a Frontier Constabulary convoy in a high security area of northwestern Peshawar city, police said.

The bomber blew himself up near a military checkpost, barely 500 yards from the US consulate, on Peshawar’s Fakhr-i-Alam Road, which connects the city’s Mall Road and Cantonment Road.

The Corps headquarters is also located half a kilometre away from the site of the attack, for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

The bomber intended to target FC Commandant Abdul Majeed Marwat, security officials said. The senior paramilitary official, however, managed to escape the attack relatively unhurt.

Police Superintendent Mohammad Faisal said eight to 10 kilograms of explosive were used in the blast, he added.

Officials at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital said one woman and four men were killed in the attack. Moreover, four among the injured were personnel of the Frontier Constabulary.

Meanwhile, officials at the Combined Military Hospital confirmed they had received four dead bodies, while 17 patients were being treated for injuries from the blast. The dead included an Army soldier, an FC soldier, and two civilians, the official said, requesting not to be named.

Speaking from an undisclosed location via telephone, spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted the FC for their repeated operations against the Taliban and tribal people.

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