Pakistan: Suicide bomber targeting police kills eight

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber targeting a police van killed at least eight people in northwestern Pakistan today, including the son and nephew of an Afghan official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban, officials said.

The bomber was riding a motorcycle and detonated his explosives as the police patrol drove by in Peshawar, said city police chief Liaqat Ali Khan.

The two Afghans who were killed, Qazi Mohammad Hilal Waqad and Mohammad Idrees, were working at their country’s consulate in Peshawar, said Afghan Consul General Syed Mohammad Ibrahim Khel in Islamabad.

However, it did not appear they were the target of the attack, Khel said.

Three policemen were among the wounded, Khan said. Many of the dead and wounded were on a nearby passenger bus, which bore much of the force of the explosion.

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