Target of Pakistan Blast That Killed 10 Only Scratched

Police commander emerges from attack OK: official

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2013 3:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – A Pakistan suicide bomber killed at least 10 people near the US consulate in Peshawar today; the attacker was reportedly targeting a police commander who received "only scratches," an official says. Some 28 were wounded in the attack, AFP reports. The bomber detonated his explosives when the commander's convoy stopped at a checkpoint about 1,000 feet from the consulate. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which a police rep said involved 22 pounds of explosives and killed two women, two soldiers, and a police officer, CNN notes. Pakistan's Taliban often attacks police and troops.

Pakistani troops gather next to a damaged vehicle which was used by a  paramilitary police commander at the site of a suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013.
Pakistani troops gather next to a damaged vehicle which was used by a paramilitary police commander at the site of a suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker remove a dead body from the site of suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber struck a security convoy carrying a paramilitary police commander in northwestern Pakistan, killing several people — including two women, but the commander...
A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker remove a dead body from the site of suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber struck a security convoy carrying a...   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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