2 explosions hit northwest Pakistan; 5 dead

August 11, 2011 - 1:30 AM

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a second explosion has occurred in a neighborhood in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Police official Tariq Khan says authorities suspect two female suicide bombers were trying to attack police in the area.

He says it appears that one woman detonated her vest and the other died alongside her, while several people nearby were wounded.

Security had swarmed the Lahori Gate area because a remote-controlled bomb earlier in the morning had gone off near a police vehicle, killing four officers and a boy and wounding dozens of people.

Peshawar lies near Pakistan's tribal areas where Taliban and al-Qaida fighters operate. The city has endured numerous bombings in recent years, many of them aimed at security forces.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A remote-controlled bomb exploded near a police vehicle in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday, killing 5 people and wounding dozens. Four police officers were among the dead.

The blast occurred in the Lahori gate area of the city of Peshawar.

Senior police official Imtiaz Khan said the truck that was hit was carrying police constables heading to start their shift for the day. He said four police officers and a passer-by were killed in the blast, while some of the wounded were listed in a critical condition.

No group claimed responsibility, but authorities have blamed the Pakistani Taliban for previous such attacks.

Peshawar lies near Pakistan's tribal areas where Taliban and al-Qaida fighters operate. The city has endured numerous bombings in recent years, many of them aimed at security forces and government officials.

The latest attack came a day after Pakistan extradited a key suspect in the 2002 Bali bombings, Umar Patek, to Indonesia more than six months after he was captured in the country's northwest.

Patek allegedly built the bombs used in the suicide attacks on Bali nightclubs that killed 202 people, many of them Australian tourists.

Patek had a $1 million bounty on his head when he was captured in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad on Jan. 25, four months before Osama bin Laden was killed there in a U.S. commando attack.