Peshawar: A pair of bombings targeting police in the northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday killed five people, including a senior police officer, officials said. In first and deadliest blast in on day police vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb on the outskirts of Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar on Monday, killing Rasheed Khan, the deputy superintendent of police in southern Peshawar, and three others, including his driver, one of his guards and a passer-by, said police official Shafqat Malik. The injured, including several policemen, were shifted to the nearby Hyatabad Medical Complex, where most were in a stable condition, doctors said.
Less than three hours later, a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle on patrol, killing one policeman and wounding three others, said police official Fazle Wahid. The bombing took place several miles away from the first attack.
The attack came hours after a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up near the car of a senior police officer in Peshawar killing the officer, his driver and a guard. More than a dozen people were wounded in the first suicide attack, police said. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.
Pakistan’s security forces have launched a crackdown against Taliban militants in the country’s lawless tribal areas. Bashir Bilour, a provincial minister, who visited the blast site, said Pakistan’s police, being in the frontline in the war against militants, had given a lot of sacrifices, but this would not deter them from taking the war to its logical end.
Militants linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban have killed many police officials, as well as senior security officers, spearheading operations against their bases in the turbulent region bordering Afghanistan. The latest attack was the fifth in Peshawar during the first month of 2011.