Car bomb targets Pakistan police, kills 8 civilians

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 30, (AFP) - A car bomb aimed at Pakistani police killed eight civilians and wounded more than 20 Sunday on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said.

The bomb targeted a convoy of Frontier Constabulary paramilitary police south of Peshawar on the main road to Kohat, near the semi-autonomous tribal belt where the Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked groups have strongholds."We have received eight dead bodies and 22 injured. There are three children among the dead," said Jamil Shah, spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.
He told AFP that two children and one woman were among the injured.

"Around 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of explosives were planted in a car. It was exploded by remote control. Four to five mortar shells were also used in the bomb," said bomb disposal squad official Abdul Haq.Police official Shafiullah Khan confirmed the death toll.There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the Pakistani Taliban frequently target security forces as part of their seven-year domestic insurgency.

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