South Asia

Death toll in Pakistan suicide bombing rises to four

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The death toll from a suicide attack in the Bara Bazar area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Khyber district in Pakistan has risen to four after two more wounded police officers succumbed to their injuries, according to Pakistani media reports on Thursday.

The attack occurred when a suicide bomber detonated himself after the police intercepted him and his accomplice while they were attempting to enter the tehsil compound. The compound houses the Bara Police Station, Pakistani government offices, and a cell of the counter-terrorism department (CTD).

Initially, one policeman was killed, and 10 others were injured in the attack. However, more casualties were reported later, pushing the death toll up.

According to the reports, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General Akhtar Hayat confirmed that the attack was carried out by two terrorists who entered the compound from both the main and rear gates. Both attackers were killed during the attack, said the police, quoted by Geo News.

Following the incident, a section of the CTD’s cell collapsed due to the explosion.

Ten policemen injured in the attack were shifted to different hospitals for treatment, according to Rescue 1122 officials.

Earlier, Hayatabad Medical Complex administration reported receiving a body and four injured individuals, including three police officers, for medical treatment. Some of the injured were also taken to District Headquarters Hospital Dogra Khyber Agency.

In a separate incident last night, two policemen were killed, and two others were injured in a firing incident in the Regi area of Peshawar, Pakistani media reported.

Unidentified armed men opened fire on the policemen at the entry checkpoint near Regi Model Town Police Station before fleeing the scene.

Pakistan has experienced a surge in insurgent attacks in recent months, with many of them claimed by Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan. In response, Pakistani authorities have urged the Taliban to take action against terrorist groups allegedly operating in Afghanistan.