Suicide bomber kills seven in Pakistan

CNNA suicide bomber killed seven
people Sunday at a police station in Kohat – the same northwest Pakistani town
where attackers targeted a camp for displaced people and killed at least 41 a
day earlier.

In the latest incident, the bomber
rammed his vehicle into a police station, killing six adults and one child,
said police official Abdullah Khan.

The blast wounded 25 others,
including seven police officers, Khan said.

The car was packed with about 250
kg (551 lbs) of explosives that created a 10-foot wide and 4-foot deep crater.
It destroyed part of the police station and damaged a nearby school building,
Khan said.

Kohat is a town in the North West Frontier
Province where the Pakistan
military has stepped up its offensive against the Taliban in recent weeks.

The fighting has caused a flood of
displaced people to pour into camps. More than 250,000 people are registered as
internally displaced people in the towns of Kohat and Hangu after fleeing the
fighting between government troops and the Taliban in Orakzai and Kurram, two
districts in the country’s tribal region.

On Saturday, two separate suicide
attacks targeted one such camp as people lined up at a humanitarian assistance
registration center, officials said.

At least 41 people were killed; 61
others were wounded, officials said.

Police said both suicide bombers
were wearing burqas.

When people came to help those
injured in the first blast, a second one went off, wounding and killing more
people.

No one immediately claimed
responsibility for the attack at the police station on Sunday.

But a spokesman for the militant
group, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al almi, told CNN his group took responsibility for
the Saturday attacks and that they were in retaliation for two recent Sunni
converts.

The spokesman, Umar, told CNN that
two months ago, two Shia women from Kachai village in Kohat converted from Shia
to Sunni, and were killed by Shia Muslims in their village.

The camp targeted in Saturday’s
bombings was filled primarily with Shia followers.

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