Policeman killed, 17 injured in Pak blast


PESHAWAR, MAY 12- Medics attend to a woman who was injured by a bomb attack after she was brought to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment in Peshawar May 12, 2012. One person was killed and 12 others, including four police officers, were injured when a remote-controlled bomb targeting a police vehicle went off in Peshawar on Saturday, local media reported. REUTERS/UNI PHOTO-10R

ISLAMABAD, May 12: A policeman was killed and 17 others were injured today in northwest Pakistan’s Peshawar city when a roadside bomb targeted a security van that was taking prisoners to a court.
The bomb targeted a police van on the main road at Gulbahar area, police officials and witnesses said.
The police van was destroyed by the blast. Several other vehicles were also damaged.
The injured were taken to a nearby hospital, where a policeman succumbed to his injuries.
Officials described the condition of two injured policemen as critical.
The road was closed for traffic after the blast.
Officials said the police van was taking prisoners to a court in another city when it was attacked.
It was unclear if any militants were among the prisoners.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack though such incidents are usually blamed on the Taliban.
This was the second bomb attack in two days that targeted police in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
A senior police officer escaped unhurt in a roadside bomb attack yesterday. (PTI)


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