PESHAWAR: Two people were killed and 23 others wounded Wednesday when a suicide bomber crashed his explosives-packed car into a barrier outside a police station in Bannu district, police said.
"Two people including one woman and a policeman have been killed in the suicide attack near Domail police station in Bannu," local police chief Abdul Ghafoor Afridi told AFP.
A doctor at the government hospital said they received 23 people with injuries from the blast site.
"Out of them two were critical and have been sent to the military hospital," doctor Sher Afzal told AFP.
"Among the injured, there were two women, three children aged between two to five years and five policemen," Afzal said.
Afridi said seven houses and part of the police station collapsed due to the impact of the blast.
Another police official said the suicide bomber attacked from behind the building as authorities had deployed heavy security measures around the police station.
"He hit a barrier installed at a distance from the police station. The woman killed in the attack was a civilian," said Azmat Ali Khan, a senior police official.
A bomb disposal squad official said more than 500 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.
"The vehicle used for the attack was completely destroyed after the blast," said Kismat Khan, the bomb squad official.
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The bombings continue and innocents keep on dying. We condemn these cowardly acts in the strongest of ways and send our condolences to the families of the people who are killed in these senseless violence. It is sad that the terrorists do not realize that with their killings they do not take a life, but they kill a bread earner, who may have been the sole supporter of a large family. But do they care? I think not, as they keep attacking day in and day out. Their current objective is to derail the elections in Pakistan. It is proven now, though a recent Pew Poll, that majority of Pakistanis have totally rejected terrorism and they view the terrorists as the biggest threat to their security. The TTP know that and they are on their last breath. In their desperation they are trying to inflict as much damage to the Pakistanis as possible. We stand by the people of Pakistan as the bravely brace another bunch of terrorist storms. We have no doubts that yet again the people of Pakistan will defeat the enemy’s agenda by going out and voting for the victory of democracy and thus Pakistan.
Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command
And not a single person condemning the attack. People wake up. The woman didnt get 28 stitches or a broken bone.. She died. Hypocrites!!