A Taliban suicide bomber on Wednesday rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into a police building near the US consulate here killing at least nine policemen as terror fury continued to hit Pakistan since the US raid that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
The bomber, said by police to be carrying more than 300 kg of high-grade explosives, hit the three-storey police building on University Road, which houses the office of the Criminal Investigation Department, flattening the complex and leaving about 38 others injured.
Senior Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Bashir Bilour confirmed that the attack was carried out by a suicide car bomber.
Police said they fear the toll may go up as large number of people are still trapped under the debris.
A Taliban spokesperson claimed responsibility for the attack, local television news channels said and was fourth terror attack carried out the militants since the May 2 killing.
The attack took place inside a protected military zone in Peshawar which is a gateway to Pakistan’s restive tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.
The attack came barely three days after a group of Taliban fighters sneaked into a naval airbase in Karachi and killed 10 security personnel and destroyed two maritime surveillance aircraft. Last week, a US Consulate vehicle convoy was targeted with a car bomb. One person was killed.
Nearly 90 people, most of them paramilitary recruits, were killed when two suicide bombers struck a Frontier Constabulary training centre in northwest Pakistan on May 13. The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack too.