Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan — A coordinated attack involving a remote-control bomb blast and a female suicide bomber killed seven people in Peshawar on Thursday, ending a stretch of relative calm in the volatile northwest city.
The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban militants and their allies maintain strongholds. Plagued by scores of suicide bomb attacks in recent years, Peshawar has seen a lull in militant violence in the last few weeks.
Police said the remote-controlled bomb detonated near a police truck, killing at least four police officers and a nearby child. Several other people were injured in the blast, most of them police officers.
When police and rescue workers converged on the scene, a teenage female suicide bomber wearing a burka approached and threw a hand grenade at police before detonating her explosives-filled vest, said Shafqat Malik, a Peshawar senior police official. That explosion killed a nearby woman and injured three police officers. Malik said the vest only partially detonated.