Suicide bomber kills 4 in northwest Pakistan

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Peshawar: A suicide bomber today struck a police vehicle in this northwestern Pakistani city, killing four persons, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, and injuring 15 others, officials said.

The bomber struck DSP Abdur Rashid Khan`s vehicle at an intersection on the Ring Road here this morning. The police officer, his bodyguard and his driver were killed instantly, an official of the state-run rescue service told PTI.

Another person in a car parked near the site of the blast was also killed, other officials said. Officials at the Lady Reading Hospital said they had received 15 injured people.

The condition of two of the injured was described as serious. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. DSP Khan had survived an attempt on his life last year.

Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik of the bomb disposal squad said police had found the head and body parts of the bomber as well as the triggering mechanism of the suicide vest. About seven kilograms of explosives were used in the attack, he said.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour, a senior leader of the Awami National Party that rules the province, said the government`s drive against militants will continue despite such attacks.

"We are ready to die, we are prepared to sacrifice our lives to defend Pakistan," he told the media at the site of the attack.

Bilour ruled out the possibility of holding talks with militants who did not lay down their arms.

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