Suicide blast hits Pakistan police

Four dead in attack on security checkpoint outside Peshawar in country's northwest.

     

    Liaquat Ali, a Peshawar city police chief, said that two of the wounded people were in a critical condiditon.

    "The small building at the police checkpoint was destroyed. A nearby house and a mosque were also damaged," he said.

    The northwestern region is at the forefront of Pakistan's battle against Taliban, al-Qaeda and other opposition groups who launch attacks from the tribal mountainous area both within Pakistan and bordering Afghanistan.

    US drones - unmanned aircraft - also carry out missions against these fighters in the region.

    The Pakistani military have increased attempts to gain control of the northwest over the last year, launching major offensives and killing hundreds of opposition fighters.

    But opposition groups have continued to function, carrying out about 50 bomb attacks in the last year, killing about 500 people.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.