Suicide bomb kills at least ten in northwest Pakistan

Suicide bomber blows himself up close to police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 10 and wounding 20 others

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Pakistani security officials search the site of a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of Peshawar on January 19, 2016.

A suicide bomber blew himself up close to a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least ten people and wounding more than 20, officials said.

The bomber rammed his motorcycle into the roadside checkpoint in the Jamrud area of Pakistan's volatile Federally Administered Tribal Areas region, local government official Munir Khan told Reuters.

"He was riding an explosives-laden motorcycle and hit the checkpoint and the vehicle of the line officer," Khan said.

Among the dead were at least five police officers including the line officer whose vehicle was targeted by the bomber, and a journalist, officials said.

The attack took place in an area where security forces have stepped up their fight against the Pakistani Taliban and other militant groups along the border with Afghanistan, following the massacre of more than 150 people, mostly children, at an army-run school in December 2014.

There have been  fewer attacks since the government crackdown and the Taliban has been squeezed into small pockets of territory, but militant groups remain able to launch hit-and-run and suicide attacks on security forces.

A spokesperson for the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, where the wounded were evacuated to, said earlier that the hospital had received six bodies, including that of a child.

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast.

Last month, a suicide bomber attacked a government office in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 23 people. 

TRTWorld, Reuters