A Taliban suicide car bomb struck Pakistani police on Thursday for a second day, killing 25 people and injuring 36 others as the militia vowed no reprieve in their quest to avenge the US killing of Osama bin Laden.
The attack defied the government’s authorisation of “all means” to wipe out militants, which nonetheless stopped short of unveiling specific new measures despite a string of humiliating Taliban attacks on security forces.
As Pakistan grapples with the fallout from the American special forces raid that killed the al Qaeda chief on May 2, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday again backed “long-term” security ties with the troubled ally.Police deputy inspector general Masood Khan Afridi said, "The bomber blew up the car at a checkpoint close to the police station." A pick-up vehicle crossed the district police office in the town of Hangu, before exploding at a barrier outside the city police station, creating a 10-foot long and foot-deep crater.
“The buildings housing the police station, DPO office and nearby residence of the DPO were partially damaged but at least 15 shops, including a tea house and a restaurant, are completely razed,” he said.