Female suicide bomber strikes hospital in Dera Ismail Khan



Pakistani rescue personnel move a survivor of the July 21 Dera Ismail Khan suicide bombing. [Adil Mughal/AFP]

PESHAWAR -- A female suicide bomber killed six people -- including two policemen -- in northwest Pakistan Sunday (July 21) in an attack claimed by the Taliban, officials said.

The explosion happened at the entrance of a hospital in Kotlan Saidan village on the outskirts of Dera Ismail Khan.

Police were helping move the bodies of two of their colleagues -- who had been fatally shot by militants on Saturday (July 20) -- when the suicide bomber struck, district police chief Salim Riaz told AFP.

Bomber walked up to hospital

"The female bomber, aged around 28 years, came on foot and blew herself up, killing two policemen and four civilians and wounding 13 others," he said.


Pakistani security personnel examine the site of a suicide bombing at a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan July 21. [Adil Mughal/AFP]


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Muhammad Naeem Khan July 21 in Peshawar carries the coffin of a police officer killed in the Dera Ismail Khan blast that day. [Shahbaz Butt]

The injured included eight policemen and five civilians.

Another local police official, Malik Habib, confirmed the bombing and casualty figures. Officers later recovered the mutilated head of the bomber, he said.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility in a statement sent to local media.

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