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

  • Parent furious after driver keeps children on school bus over 'misbehaviour'

    Canada News CTV News
    A Toronto-area school board is investigating after dozens of children were dropped off at home more than an hour late, following unscheduled stops by their bus driver to quiet raucous behaviour. Some of the students, who attend Mount Royal Public School in Brampton, Ont. Source
  • Ont. vet caught abusing animals on video is back to work

    Canada News CTV News
    An Ontario veterinarian who was suspended for misconduct after being caught on video abusing pets in his care has returned to work at a St. Catharines clinic, but he hasn’t received a warm welcome. Veterinarian Mahavir Singh Rekhi did not speak with reporters as he left Skyway Animal Hospital on Wednesday. Source
  • Woman who feared she would lose potential love interest lied about rape: Police

    World News Toronto Sun
    A New York woman is facing charges after police say she lied about being raped by two football players at a party to get sympathy from a prospective love interest. Nikki Yovino, 18, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence. Source
  • End of transgender bathroom rule receives conservative praise

    World News CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are praising the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, saying the move corrects a legal overreach by the Obama administration that is best left for states to decide. Source
  • 'No hope' of bail for Quebecer accused of smuggling drugs on cruise ship, withdraws bail application

    World News Toronto Sun
    SYDNEY, Australia — One of three Canadian women accused of trying to import a large amount of cocaine into Australia last year while on a luxurious cruise will remain in custody until her trial is scheduled to begin on Aug. Source
  • SCC to rule on whether police opinion at drug-impairment trials is expert evidence

    Canada News CTV News
    The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule Thursday on whether a police officer’s opinion on a motorist’s level of drug-induced impairment should be accepted as expert evidence at trial. Officers can administer field sobriety tests for suspected drug impairment, but unlike alcohol, there’s currently no roadside test such as a breathalyzer. Source
  • NYC lowers cost estimate for presidential protection to $24M

    World News CTV News
    New York City has lowered its cost estimate for guarding U.S. President Donald Trump, his family and their Manhattan residence. Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill has written to New York's Congressional delegation to seek reimbursement. Source
  • Husband of Spain's princess avoids jail while awaiting appeal

    World News CTV News
    MADRID -- The brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe will avoid imprisonment but must show up in court in Switzerland, where he lives, once per month while he waits for the Supreme Court to rule on an appeal to a fraud and tax evasion guilty verdict. Source
  • Explosion near market in upscale Pakistan neighbourhood kills 8

    World News Toronto Sun
    LAHORE, Pakistan — Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or were merely stored in the building. Source
  • Pakistani official: Explosion kills 8 in city of Lahore

    World News CTV News
    LAHORE, Pakistan -- Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or were merely stored in the building. Source