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Pakistan suicide bomber targeting police kills 10

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber targeting police killed at least 10 people in Pakistan on Monday, including the son and nephew of an Afghan official involved in peace negotiations with the Taliban, authorities 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.

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

Waqad’s father, Qazi Amin Waqad, is a member of the Afghan High Peace Council, said an official at the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad, Shakir Qarar. The council was appointed by the Afghan government to hold peace talks with the Taliban to end the 11-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan.

The peace council member was in Afghanistan when the attack occurred, and the younger Waqad and Idrees were driving to work at the time, Qarar added.

The blast killed 10 people and wounded 42, said Khan, the Peshawar police chief. Three policemen were among the wounded. Many of the dead and wounded were on a nearby passenger bus, which bore the brunt of the explosion, said Khan.

Local TV footage showed the wreckage of the bus and the motorcycle, as rescue workers rushed wounded people to hospitals in the city.

No one immediately claimed responsibility.

The Pakistani Taliban has been waging a bloody insurgency against the government for years and has stepped up attacks ahead of next month’s parliamentary election.

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