6 killed in dual blast in Pakistan

Security officials examine the site of a bombing on an entrance of a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan. ─ AP

Security officials examine the site of a bombing on an entrance of a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan. ─ AP

At least seven people, including four policemen, were killed and 24 injured in twin terrorist attacks, including a suicide bombing in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday morning, police and local media reported.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack but did not acknowledge that the bomber was a woman.

It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber or a bomb planted on a motorcycle.

Two policemen were martyred on Sunday when armed terrorists assailed a police check-post in Kotla Syedan, a town and union council of Dera Ismail Khan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, as per initial reports.

According to India Today, three people were killed and seven others injured in the attacks, while National Herald says the death toll stands at seven people, including four policemen, with 40 others injured.

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The blast damaged the emergency room and forced it to shut down, according to a hospital official, who said the wounded were taken to a military hospital.

Another local police official, Malik Habib, confirmed the attack and casualty figures and said officers later recovered the mutilated head of the bomber. However he denied the bomber was female.

Dera Ismail Khan has seen a number of suicide attacks over the past decade as the Pakistani military carried out a campaign to suppress militant attacks in the area, an important hub in the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

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