[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Suicide bomber kills policeman in Pakistan

At least six wounded in attack on police patrol in Katalang town bordering Afghanistan, police say.

Last Modified: 30 Mar 2013 07:58
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

A suicide bomber has struck a police patrol in a town in northwestern Pakistan, killing a policeman and wounding six others, police have said.

The bombing took place at a market in Katalang, 50km northeast of Peshawar, the capital of restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which borders Afghanistan.

"A policeman was killed and two other policemen were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police patrol car," senior police official Shafi Ullah told AFP news agency.

Four civilians were also wounded in the bombing, Ullah said.

After the attack police chased an alleged accomplice and killed him in a shoot out, the official said.

Two other police officials confirmed the account and casualties.

Nobody has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban gunmen in the past have carried out several bombings in the region.

Separately, a bomb blast damaged a non-governmental organisation office in Peshawar early on Saturday but caused no casualties, police said.

The bomb exploded outside the office of Sawera, an NGO working for women rights and voters' education, at 4:00am local time (23:00 GMT) in the upmarket area of Hayatabad, senior police official Faisal Murad told AFP.

An official at Sawera said the organisation had not received any specific threat but armed gunmen have attacked NGOs and aid workers in the past.

Pakistan says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

243

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Analysts say China moving back toward 1950s-era public trials aimed at shaming and intimidation.
Record numbers of migrants have made harrowing sea journeys to Italy and Greece this year.
In Vietnam, 40 percent of all pregnancies are terminated each year, a rate that health officials are hoping to reduce.
join our mailing list