Suicide car bomber kills seven in Kohat, Pakistan
Monday, April 19, 2010
Seven people were killed and 26 injured in the city of Kohat in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday after a suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near a police station, police officials said.
"It was a suicide attack, the target was a police station," Dilawar Khan Bangash, police chief of Kohat, told AFP news agency. He said that all those killed in the attack were civilians. The explosion occurred at the back of the police station.
"Seven people have been killed and 21 were injured in this car suicide attack," Abdullah Jan, another high ranking police official, told reporters. His statement was made soon after the attack, before the number of injured was revised upward. "These incidents are a reaction to the military operation in the tribal areas," he claimed. Another police officer confirmed what Jan and Bangash had said, saying that approximately 200 kilograms of explosives were used.
The station was badly affected by the attack, and three rooms of a government-run primary school were destroyed. Seven local shops were also severely damaged.
This attack occurred a day after an earlier suicide bombing killed over 40 people near the same city, and two days after an attack in southern Pakistan killed upwards of ten people.
- "30 people die in bombing in northwestern Pakistan" — Wikinews, April 17, 2010
- "Seven die in suicide bomb attack in Pakistan" — Agence France-Presse, April 18, 2010
- "Car bomb in north-west Pakistan city of Kohat" — BBC News Online, April 18, 2010
- Lehaz Ali. "Car suicide attack kills seven in NW Pakistan: police" — Agence France-Presse, April 18, 2010