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Car bomb strikes Pakistan government residence

A car bomb on Thursday ripped through a residential building used by government employees in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, killing a child, officials said.

world Updated: Oct 15, 2009 20:26 IST

A car bomb on Thursday ripped through a residential building used by government employees in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, killing a child, officials said.

The attack was the fifth militant assault in Pakistan in 24 hours after a suicide bomber hit a police station in nearby Kohat and gunmen stormed three police buildings in the eastern city of Lahore with grenades and suicide vests.

"It was a bomb blast in a residential building for government officials," Peshawar city police chief Liaquat Ali said.

One child was killed and six people were wounded, said Doctor Mehboob Ali at the main government-run hospital in the city.

"The blast was caused by a car bomb," another police official, Alam Shinwari said. The car packed with explosives had been left parked between two apartment buildings when it blew up, he added.

The vehicle was apparantly fitted with a remote-controlled device. Witnesses said the car exploded soon after a man parked it, Ali confirmed.

"I don't know who was the target. The apartment is used by government employees," he said. Residents said an employee of the provincial chief minister in North West Frontier Province also lived in the building.

"Our security is very tight. Therefore the terrorists are now hitting soft targets," the city police chief said.

The building was badly damaged in the blast, Ali added.

A wave of suicide bombings, commando-style raids and other attacks blamed on Islamist extremists in Pakistan over the past two years has sharply escalated in the past 11 days, with eight bloody attacks.

Earlier, gunmen armed with suicide vests and grenades attacked three police buildings simultaneously in Lahore with the loss of 28 people, including 10 assailants.

Another car bomb in the northwestern city of Kohat killed 11 people.