Suicide bomber kills 4 in northwest Pakistan

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A Muhammad

Peshawar, Jan 31 (PTI) A suicide bomber today struck apolice vehicle in this northwestern Pakistani city, killingfour persons, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police, andinjuring 15 others, officials said.

The bomber struck DSP Abdur Rashid Khan''s vehicle atan intersection on the Ring Road here this morning.

The police officer, his bodyguard and his driver werekilled instantly, an official of the state-run rescue servicetold PTI.

Another person in a car parked near the site of theblast was also killed, other officials said.

Officials at the Lady Reading Hospital said they hadreceived 15 injured people.

The condition of two of the injured was described asserious.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

DSP Khan had survived an attempt on his life lastyear.

Additional Inspector General Shafqat Malik of the bombdisposal squad said police had found the head and body partsof the bomber as well as the triggering mechanism of thesuicide vest.

About seven kilograms of explosives were used in theattack, he said.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour, asenior leader of the Awami National Party that rules theprovince, said the government''s drive against militants willcontinue despite such attacks.

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

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

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