The Pakistani Taliban claimed the suicide truck bombing in Peshawar that took place at dawn outside a police headquarters that housed a Criminal Investigation Department unit. The attack took place in a high-security area of Peshawar, and was close to the US Consulate. Two Pakistanis were killed and 25 more were wounded. From AFP/Dawn:
The razed building housed the police Criminal Investigation Department and was located in the Peshawar Cantonment area just 150 metres from the US consulate. The area houses military families and security is normally tight.
Police said the attack was carried out with a small truck containing at least 200-250 kilograms of explosives, and that body parts were hurled more than 300 metres away from the blast.
“We will further step up these attacks to avenge Osama bin Laden’s martyrdom,” Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
He added: “These attacks will continue until the US drone strikes and ongoing Pakistani military operations are stopped in the tribal regions.”
The Pakistani Taliban are demonstrating that they can penetrate high-security areas in Pakistan’s major cities and execute attacks. Today’s attack in Peshawar took place just three days after a suicide assault team stormed a naval base in Karachi and killed 10 servicemen and destroyed two P-3C Orion aircraft. And on May 20, the Taliban detonated a car bomb that targeted US consular officials in the same secured zone in Peshawar; no one was killed in the attack.
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