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Police targeted as two bombs hit northwest Pakistan

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Police targeted as two bombs hit northwest Pakistan


Two bombs in the Pakistani city of Peshawar have left at least seven people dead.

In the first attack, a remote-controlled device blew up a police van, killing four officers and a 12-year-old boy on his way to school. At least 14 police officers were injured.

The truck had been taking some two dozen officers to begin their shift.

The second attack in Peshawar took place less than an hour later. Police say a woman dressed in a burqa concealing explosives blew herself up, killing another woman as well as herself.

Police believe the attacks, which occurred just metres from each other, could have been coordinated. The use of female bombers is rare in Pakistan, but poses a problem for security forces who are often reluctant to search women.

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