PESHAWAR: At least one policeman was killed and seven 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 a policeman dead and seven others injured — including three 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.
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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