Six killed in Suicide bombing in northwest Pakistan

bomb-blastOfficials said that a suicide bomber today targeted a police van in restivePeshawarcity of northwestPakistan, killing six persons and injuring nearly 40 others.

This morning the attacker was reportedly riding a motorcycle and detonated his explosives near the police van onUniversity Road.

The van was close to a bus stop and a crowded bus that was passing by bore the brunt of the blast.

Six people were killed instantly with 38 injured people who were taken to a nearby hospital. Amongst the wounded were two policemen.

Police and security forces cordoned off the area after the blast.

Muhammad Faisal, Superintendent of police confirmed this blast was a suicide attack. He added that the limbs of the bomber had been found at the site of the attack.

He said the apparent target was the police vehicle but the bus suffered more damage,.

Officials said that the vehicle of Sahibzada Anees,Peshawarcommissioner, passed the site of the blast a few minutes earlier and he escaped unhurt,.

University Road is one of the busiest thoroughfares inPeshawar. Several cars were damaged by the blast.

Yesterday, 12 people were killed and more than 40 injured in four bomb attacks targeting campaign offices and election meetings in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.

The responsibility for two of the attacks was claimed by the banned Pakistani Taliban.

Pakistan has witnessed a sudden surge in militant violence ahead of the landmark May 11 general election that will mark the first democratic transition in the country’s history.