Peshawar attack: Taliban bomber kills police officer

Published: February 1, 2011

Police officials examine the wreckage of a police vehicle after the road side bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP

Police officials examine the wreckage of a police vehicle after the road side bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: AFP Police and rescue workers gather near the vehicle damaged by the suicide attack on the outskirts of Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS
PESHAWAR: 

Six people, among them a senior police official, were killed and over a dozen wounded in two terrorist attacks targeting the police in Peshawar on Monday.

A suicide bomber detonated the explosives strapped to his body near the vehicle of Abdur Rashid Khan, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Saddar Circle, on Kohat Road, police official Ejaz Ahmed told The Express Tribune.

“The bomber was a teenager, he came on foot and blew himself up near the police van,” he said. Ahmed confirmed that DSP Khan, one of his gunmen and driver and two civilians died in the attack.

He revealed that they had intelligence reports about possible attacks on the police. But they had no idea as to who would be targeted.

Medics at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) confirmed to have received 11 casualties, including five dead bodies. The injured, including the DSP’s gunman Gul Khan, are being treated at the hospital.

“The bomber struck near our van on the Ring Road flyover on Kohat Road,” Gul told The Express Tribune from his hospital bed. “Some people travelling in a car behind our van were also wounded,” he added.

In the second attack, a police patrol van was targeted with a homemade bomb in the Pishtakhara neighbourhood of Peshawar. One policeman was killed and eight people received injuries in the attack.

Police said the attack happened near Achini Bala village and around four kilograms of explosives were used in the device.

It was the first suicide attack in the provincial capital this year. Dozens of senior police officials have been killed in suicide attacks since the start of a deadly insurgency in the region.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack. “We have already announced that we will target police and security forces,” TTP spokesman Azam Tariq said in a telephone call to AFP from an undisclosed location.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour said militants were “targeting police to pressure and dishearten them”.

But he told reporters such attacks would not weaken the government’s commitment to combat militancy. “We will continue our fight against terrorism. We will not be deterred, it will only strengthen our resolve to eliminate terrorists,” he added.

Additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • imran
    Jan 31, 2011 - 11:05AM

    May Almighty Allah bless the departed souls and grant their families to bear this tregedy. May Allah almighty also send his wrath on all those training,funding and conducting these bombings- ameenRecommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 12:22PM

    Oh my God!! May Allah save us from these disasters.Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 12:37PM

    Oh my God!! Recommend

  • satyram
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:37PM

    “Four people…..when a teenage suicide bomber blew himself up….. including three policemen — deputy superintendent Rashid Khan, his security guard and driver — while a civilian passerby also died in the blast, officials said.”

    Sir, Is suicide bomber still alive ? If not, then total FIVE killed and not FOUR. I presume the bomber was also a human being. Recommend

  • BRAZIL
    Jan 31, 2011 - 12:38PM

    dont know why can not kill azam tariq and hakimullah mehsud do they travel in flying saucers no radars catching them.that stupid uneducated people walks lives in caves. how much time need to kil diiference between india and pakistan india care for its citizens in egyphy chaos they bring back them in pakistan no value of life every day this that thaats way all hates you

    is qari hussian,mullah radio,muslim khan spokemans also alive
    Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jan 31, 2011 - 1:50PM

    @satyram …Since the blast did not take place in your land or none of your people were killed for that matter,so i guess you can point out that FIVE were killed and not FOUR and that the bomber was also a human being…
    I must say look at the huge brains on you..kudos!Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 4:01PM

    This is the price that we are paying sitting in Pakhtunkhwa to save the world. In return our roads are broken, bridges damaged, schools bombed, fruits & vegetables expensive, police stations deserted, electricity & gas shortage, youth unemployed & zero development & hyper inflation.Recommend

  • Representative
    Jan 31, 2011 - 4:24PM

    Had it been in your country it would have been 600 not 6 because of no regard for quality just quantity. Pakistan Zindabad.Recommend

  • LOL
    Jan 31, 2011 - 5:50PM

    yeah….this is what happens if you put all your money on nuclear weapons and not on social welfareRecommend

  • sandy
    Jan 31, 2011 - 6:39PM

    O forgot, Pak had built another 40 nukes spending tens of billions of dollar it received as aid and loans.. Hmm…. strategic assets and regional balance must be maintained. Oooopss.. someone blew himself up outside. Need to run…Recommend

  • Proud Shia
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:08PM

    Pakistan is a failed state.Recommend

  • Rationalist
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:15PM

    @Imran.
    The suicide bomber blew himself up to reach Allah’s world of paradise.
    Now you are asking Allah almighty also send his wrath on all those training,funding and conducting these bombings. Now who is more loyal to Allah ? Is it you or the suicide bomber who blew himself into pieces ?
    It is an irony that you are swearing by the same God and the suicide bomber also
    swore by the same God. Recommend

  • Lal Khan
    Jan 31, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @satyram: Non-sense comment!Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2011 - 8:01PM

    @Rationalist:

    If you apply your rational mind, you don’t really need an answer. Do you?

    Who deserves the wrath? The one who is talking of peace and sanity or the one who is mongering death and destruction?Recommend

  • Realist
    Feb 1, 2011 - 10:27AM

    @ Delirium

    Well, you have to ask yourself. What forced that guy to spread this death and destruction? What did you do to him that he sees this as the only way to get his message across? Door swings both ways my dear. It is not like somebody just wakes up in the morning and says, “Hey I should blow myself up today for a change”.Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 1, 2011 - 3:18PM

    Welcome President Obama (to Peshawar). This is the wild wild west PakistanRecommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 1, 2011 - 10:30PM

    @vasan & Rationalist
    I was just in Peshawar. Its a normal city suffering from violence in its outskirts. Don’t say things at Pakistanis based on what you don’t know.Recommend

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