Police: Suicide car bomb in NW Pakistan wounds 14

May 24, 2011 - 8:58 PM
Pakistan

Pakistani police officers patrol along the compound of a Pakistan Naval base on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. A police account of a deadly, 18-hour Taliban assault on a Pakistani naval base says there were twice as many attackers as the number claimed by the government and navy, adding to the questions surrounding the incident. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A suicide car bomber struck a police facility in an army cantonment in Pakistan's main northwest city early Wednesday, police said. At least 14 people were wounded in the latest attack in Pakistan since the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

The bomber's target appeared to be a building belonging to the police's criminal investigation department, but Pakistani army facilities also are nearby, said Liaquat Ali Khan, a senior police official in the area.

The building collapsed after the early morning blast, and authorities were searching for bodies or survivors in the rubble, he said.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. But since the May 2 U.S. Navy SEALs raid that killed the al-Qaida chief, the Pakistani Taliban have claimed at least three assaults in the country.

Most recently, the militant group said it was behind a team of armed extremists who raided a Pakistani naval base in the southern city of Karachi late Sunday and prompted an 18-hour standoff that killed 10 people.

Four militants also were killed during the fight, which raised concerns about militant infiltration of the security forces and whether Pakistan's nuclear arsenal is safe.