A suicide attack outside a crowded court complex in Peshawar killed at least 10 people and wounded 50 others as Pakistani troops gunned down four militants during operations in the restive Swat valley and Waziristan tribal region, officials said today.
The bomber, who came to the Peshawar court complex in a rickshaw, blew himself up when police opened fire, said North West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Bilour.
Ten people, including two policemen and as many lawyers, were killed in the blast. Nearly 50 injured people were brought to Lady Reading Hospital and four of them were in a serious condition.
In a separate bomb attack in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, eight persons, including a child, were injured, police said.
The bomb, hidden in a motorcycle parked outside the gate of a residential complex for government officers, was detonated by remote control, police said.
During operations in the restive Swat valley and Waziristan tribal region, Pakistani troops killed four militants and apprehended 17 others with links to the terrorists, authorities said today.
Security forces gunned down four militants during a search operation at Goraghat in Swat, which has witnessed a spurt in violence in the past two weeks.
The army had said it had cleared most parts of the northwestern valley, located 160 km from Islamabad, of the Taliban nearly two months ago.