HANGU: At least 25 people have been killed and almost 36 secures injuries in a car bomb blast near D.P.O. office, officials said on Thursday. According to police, the blast occurred when District Police Officer was leaving his office but he narrowly escaped. “It was a car suicide attack targeting a city police station. The bomber blew up the car at a checkpoint close to the police station,” said police deputy inspector general Masood Khan Afridi.
The police and rescue teams rushed to the site, where dead bodies and injured have been shifted to District Headquarter Hospital, emergency had been declared. Health source informed the media that the condition of several injured was critical. Most of those killed in the attack are policemen and the death toll may rise, because there are offices and residences of senior police officials and the local administration near the attack site.
The security force closed the area and launched search operation. According to eyewitnesses the intensity of the blast was so high that it damaged several nearby buildings.
The wave of terrorism spread across the country in the wake of killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. Meanwhile the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the suicide car bombing, with a spokesman saying it was carried out to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden. “We accept responsibility for this attack. This was a small attack to avenge Osama’s martyrdom,” spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
Input from Agencies