PESHAWAR: At least 12 persons, including two women, were killed and 28 other sustained injuries on Friday when a suicide bomber hit the a convoy of the senior Frontier Constabulary (FC) commander near a security checkpost on Fakhr-e-Alam Road in the provincial metropolis.
Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Peshawar Cantonment, Bilal Zafar, said the suicide bomber exploded himself near an FC convey when it stopped at a security check post at Fakhr-e-Alam Road in the cantonment Board.
The road was located in the high-security zone and linking Cantonment Road to Mall Road- in Peshawar Saddar.
He said bomber blew himself near the vehicle of the Commander Paramilitary Frontier Constabulary Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Abdul Majeed Marwat. He said the Commandant FC escape the attack on his life and suffered minor injuries in the attack.
Bilal Zafar said the Commandant was rushed to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Peshawar and where his condition was stated to be stable.
“It was a suicide attack and FC commandant was the target apparently”, said Bilal Zafar, adding that approximately 12 kilogram of explosives was used in the attack.
The officials of the Lady Reading Hospital said two bodies were received while another six expired at the hospital.
Three of those killed were identified as a bank official Alamzeb of Landi Arbab, a passerby Hussain and a villager Manzoor Hussain of Mashogagar. Other killed in the blast reportedly included three security personnel and two women.
The site of the blast is hardly 100 meters from the headquarters of the Frontier Constabulary. Several vehicles were damaged in the blast while windowpanes of nearby offices and shops also smashed. The office and residence of the Corps Commander Peshawar and the Consulate General of the United States are also at the same distance from the site of the blast.
An eye witness said that he was passing through the spot when he heard a huge explosion. “I could not understand what happened. When the dust settled down there are human body parts scattered around the blast spot,” he added. He said he saw five dead bodies after the blast nearby.
Another eye witness Irshad Khan said he was passing through the checkpost when a suicide riding a cycle hit the FC convoy. “A driver of one of the security vehicles escorting the Commandant lost control over the vehicles and ran over my car. But we luckily remained unhurt in the incident,” he said.
He said “There were fire, dust and screaming of the injured after the blast.”
After the attack security forces cordoned off the area and blocked the road for traffic. A state of emergency was imposed in LRH, the largest health facility in the City. Media persons were not allowed to visit the blast site. Law enforcement agencies reached the blast spot and collected pieces of evidence.
A former commandant of the FC, Safwat Ghayur, was attacked and killed in a similar-style attack on his car near the FC headquarters in August 2010.
The FC has lost a large number of its men in attacks in Peshawar and other parts of Pakistan, including the tribal areas during the last few years. Over 80 of recruits and other men were killed in twin blasts outside training center of the FC in Shabqadar in 2011.