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Pakistan Blast Kills Police Officer

  • VOA News

Pakistani police, rescue workers and civilians push back a police vehicle which was hit by roadside bomb, in Peshawar, Pakistan, May 12, 2012.

Security officials in Pakistan say a roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle killed one police officer and wounded at least 12 other people Saturday in the northwest city of Peshawar.

A deputy police superintendent told reporters that the attack occurred as a police vehicle was escorting a van carrying prisoners from a local police station.

The officer said the bomb was detonated as the two vehicles reached an overpass.

He said the bomb disposal squad reported the device contained five kilograms of explosives. He said five of the wounded were policemen and at least two of them were seriously hurt.

The police official says suspects have been taken into custody.

The Reuters news service reports the Pakistani branch of the Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. The group often targets police, soldiers, and other security officials.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.