PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car today at a police checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 10 people, officials said.
“At least 10 people have been killed and 25 others wounded,” Peshawar district administration chief Sahibzada Anis told AFP, adding that the bomber detonated when policemen asked him to stop for a search.
Peshawar police chief Liaqat Ali Khan told AFP that two policemen were among the dead, in the second suicide bombing in the city in as many days. Malik Jehangir, in charge of the checkpoint, told AFP policemen were checking vehicles when he saw a suspicious black car across the barrier and asked one of the policemen to go and check it.
“I saw that there was some argument between the driver and the policeman and suddenly a blast downed me with sharpnels piercing in the shoulder,” he said.
Another witness, Akbar Ali, said he was riding a motorcycle and waiting in the queue at the checkpoint when he saw a scuffle between the bomber and the policeman. “He was a young man, about 20 years old with small beard and wearing a white cap. When I noticed that his body was swollen, I left my bike there and ran away fearing he might be a bomber.” Ali said seconds after a huge blast threw him to the ground.
Live television footage showed a huge cloud of smoke above the Pushta Khara neighbourhood, on the outskirts of Peshawar, and the wreckage of several cars.
The government blames increasing attacks on Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.