Taliban suicide bomber kills 5 people in Peshawar
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, climed credit for today's suicide attack that targeted a police official in Peshawar. From Pajhwok Afghan News:
The suicide bombing occurred at 10am near a police checkpoint in the bustling Qissakhwani Bazaar, killing six people including Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Hilal Haidar, the city police chief, Asif Iqbal, told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Haidar, his driver, guard and two civilians were killed and many others injured in the blast, another police officer, Javed Marwat, told reporters at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH).
Five dead bodies and 37 injured people were brought to LRH, confirmed a doctor on duty, Mukhtar Khan. Eight of the injured are in critical condition, he said.
The bomber on foot struck the ASP's vehicle on his way to the office, Iqbal said, adding up to seven kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.
Ihsan said that the police official was targeted because he was "torturing detained militants during interrogations."
The Taliban have been active in Peshawar since the end of September. On Sept. 2, the Taliban killed three people in an attack on a US Consulate vehicle in the city. On Oct. 15, the Taliban killed a Superintendent of Police and six policemen and Frontier Constabulary personnel. Four days later, the Taliban killed nine people in the provincial capital.