14 cops among 36 perished in Pakistan explosions (PAKISTAN)
ISLAMABAD, July 19 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Violence continued unabated in the neighbouring Pakistan as a suicide attack and a landmine blast killed 14 policemen and 22 civilians in Hangu, (NWFP) and Hub (Balochistan) on Thursday.
Hangu city of the north-western province was scene to a suicide attack on a police training centre. The blast resulted in the killing of 11 people, including seven policemen and four civilians.
Hangu Deputy Coordination Officer (DCO) Fakhre Alam told Pajhwok's Islamabad correspondent that the suicide bomber detonated his explosive-packed car at the gate when he failed to go inside the training centre.
The explosion killed seven policemen and injured 15 more, said the officer.
Hospital sources in the city, meanwhile, said four civilians had also been killed in the suicide attack.
In Hub city of Balochistan, a remote-controlled landmine killed 25 people, including seven policemen and 18 civilians, the same day.
Officials and residents said the blast occurred around 9am at a police vehicle.
Abdullah Jan Afridi, a police officer in Hub, told Pajhwok Afghan News it was a remote-controlled device and the target was the police vehicle.
He said 25 people were killed and as many injured in the explosion. Seven of the dead were policemen, said the officer.
Another official, who wished not to be named, told Pajhwok's Islamabad correspondent that 18 of the victims were common citizens.
He said the police party was escorting some Chinese engineers. The engineers stayed unhurt in the attack, said the unnamed official.
Violence has spiked in different parts of Pakistan since the Lal Masjid operation. More than 100 people have been killed in three suicide blasts and an attack on a military convoy in various parts of Pakistan during the previous five days.
Von: Asia Pulse Pty Limited