11 killed after suicide bomber targets police checkpoint in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - A suicide bomber riding a motorcycle struck a crowded police checkpoint on the outskirts of the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 11 people in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

See Full Article

Another 21 people were wounded in the blast, which took place on a road leading to neighbouring Afghanistan, police official Iqbal Khan said. Peshawar is on the edge of Pakistan's volatile tribal regions, a stronghold of the Taliban and other Islamic militants.

Khan said the dead include four police and seven civilians, including two children and a local journalist, Mahboob Shah Afridi, who was president of Tribal Union of Journalists in the neighbouring Khyber region.

A local Pakistani Taliban commander, Maqbool Dawar, claimed the attack, which took place as a local police chief arrived at the checkpoint. Dawar said it was in response to the killing of his comrades by security forces.

Nisar Khan, who was waiting to cross the road, said the checkpoint was choked with traffic at the time of the attack. He said the huge blast left vehicles in flames and that he saw wounded people in pools of blood crying out for help.

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 over 150 people, mostly children.

-----

Associated Press writer Ishtiaq Mahsud in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan contributed to this report.



Advertisements

Latest Canada & World News

  • LIVE: Crown tells jury Douglas Garland held a longtime grudge before triple slaying

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    It was a years' long grudge against Alvin Liknes over a pump design which led Douglas Garland to plot what ended in a triple-homicide, a prosecutor said Monday. Crown lawyer Vicki Faulkner told a Calgary jury Garland stewed over the fact Liknes patented the pump -- "a pump that never made anybody famous. Source
  • New candidates for Heritage Minutes proposed by filmmakers

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    Organizers behind Canada’s Heritage Minutes are asking filmmakers to draft up their best proposals for new additions to the series on key moments or figures in the country’s history. Historica Canada says they’ll produce two new one-minute films this year that join recent additions like the stories of Viola Desmond and Chanie Wenjack. Source
  • Cop who killed Don Dunphy testifies

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — The Newfoundland police officer who shot and killed Don Dunphy at his home on Easter Sunday 2015 says he did a “cursory background check” to assess any potential threat before visiting him. Const. Source
  • Revelers, rally-goers to clog D.C. for Trump's inauguration

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to clog the nation's capital for Donald Trump's inauguration and a major demonstration the day after, but how many will actually arrive to party or protest is an open question. Source
  • Woman gets 7 years for stabbing great uncle to death after he sexually assaulted her

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    MELFORT, Sask. — A Saskatchewan woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for the fatal stabbing of her 70-year-old great uncle. Candace Gail Moostoos of Melfort was convicted by a jury last October of manslaughter in the death of Alpheus Burns. Source
  • Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s widow arrested in California

    World News Toronto Sun
    WASHINGTON — The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter was arrested Monday by the FBI, a U.S. law enforcement official told The Associated Press. The official said Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco area and is due in court Tuesday in California. Source
  • Vice chief of defence staff Mark Norman temporarily relieved of duty

    Canada News Toronto Sun
    OTTAWA — One of the military’s highest ranking officers has been temporarily removed from his post. Vice chief of defence staff Mark Norman was relieved of his military duties by his boss, defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance, in a letter dated Jan. Source
  • 'Was this the leaker of Fake News?'; Donald Trump lashes out at CIA director on Twitter

    World News Toronto Sun
    NEW YORK — His inauguration days away, president-elect Donald Trump is continuing to lash out at critics in the intelligence community and Democrats in Congress who are vowing to skip his swearing-in ceremony. The tough-talking Republican questioned whether the CIA director himself was “the leaker of fake news” in a Sunday night tweet. Source
  • Woman who burned daughter alive for marrying man gets death

    World News Toronto Sun
    LAHORE, Pakistan — A prosecutor says a court has sentenced a woman to death for burning her daughter alive for marrying a man of her choice in eastern Pakistan. Abdur Rauf said judge Chaudhry Ilyas in eastern Lahore on Monday convicted Parveen Bibi of burning to death Zeenat Rafiq a week after her marriage to Hassan Khan last June. Source
  • Hamilton man killed in Mexican nightclub shooting

    Canada News CBC News
    The Canadian nightclub industry is mourning a veteran in event security who died in a shooting at a music festival in Mexico early Monday. Friends have identified Kirk Wilson, 49, who was from the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, as one of five people who died when gunshots rang out at the BPM electronic music festival. Source