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Suicide bomber targeting police checkpoint kills 11 people in Pakistan

Published 19/01/2016

Peshawar is on the edge of Pakistan's volatile tribal regions, which have long been home to local and foreign Islamic militants
Peshawar is on the edge of Pakistan's volatile tribal regions, which have long been home to local and foreign Islamic militants

A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle who targeted a crowded police checkpoint in north-western Pakistan has killed 11 people.

Another 21 people were wounded in the blast o n the outskirts of Peshawar on a road leading to neighbouring Afghanistan, according to a police official.

The Taliban said it carried out the attack in Peshawar, which is on the edge of Pakistan's volatile tribal regions, a stronghold of the Taliban and other Islamic militants.

The police official said the dead included four police and seven civilians, including two children and a local journalist.

The attack took place as a local police chief arrived at the checkpoint.

Nisar Khan, who was waiting to cross the road, said the checkpoint was full with traffic at the time of the attack. He said the huge blast left vehicles in flames.

Militant violence has declined since Pakistan launched a wide-ranging military offensive in North Waziristan, a tribal region along the border with Afghanistan, in the summer of 2014.

But the Taliban have still managed to carry out major attacks, including an assault on an army-run school in Peshawar in December 2014 that killed more than 150 people, mostly children.

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