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Suicide Blast Kills Senior Pakistan Police Officer and Guard


Peshawar, Pakistan

A suicide bomb attack on a police convoy in northwestern Pakistan on Friday killed a senior officer and his guard, and wounded six others.

The early morning blast occurred in Peshawar, capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The slain officer, Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor, of the provincial police department, was on his way to work when a suicide bomber on a motorbike hit his vehicle.

Peshawar police chief Tahir Khan said body parts of the suspected bomber have been retrieved from the site and an investigation is underway.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the violence.

Attacks on police

Separate bomb and gun attacks on police convoys this month in Pakistan have killed several top police officers. Most of the incidents have taken place in and around the southwestern city of Quetta.

The outlawed Pakistani Taliban and its allied groups have claimed responsibility for the previous violence against Pakistani security forces.

For years, Peshawar has been in the grip of militant violence mainly because it is close to Pakistan’s volatile semi-autonomous tribal areas border Afghanistan.

But authorities say sustained counter-militancy operations have cleared most of the tribal belt, leading to a 70 percent decline in terrorist attacks in Peshawar and surrounding areas over the past two years.