Suicide Bomber Kills 5 in Pakistan Market

Posted November 7th, 2012 at 7:30 am (UTC-5)
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A suicide bomber has attacked a senior police officer in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least five people.

Police officer Asif Iqbal told reporters Wednesday that the bomber, apparently on foot, lobbed some six or seven kilograms of explosive at the vehicle of senior investigator Hilal Hyder, killing Hyder and several of his companions in a crowded market.

More than 30 people were injured, some of them critically, and reports say destruction to buildings and vehicles was widespread.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility. A spokesman told the Associated Press that Hyder was targeted because he had been behind the arrest of several Taliban fighters.