PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Separate bomb blasts across Pakistan killed at least 36 people Sunday, the latest in a series of extremist attacks to hit the South Asian nation since Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rose to power this spring.
In the northwestern city of Peshawar, militants detonated a car bomb near a security forces convoy, killing at least 15 people. Shafeeullah Khan, a senior police officer in Peshawar, said the attackers planted explosives in a Suzuki compact car and parked it on a busy road. The bomb exploded as a three-truck convoy carrying paramilitary troops passed by, Khan said.
Many of the dead were civilians, and at least three were children. The explosives appeared to have been detonated by remote control. Khan did not know whether any of the dead or injured included members of the Frontier Corps, a paramilitary force that provides security throughout the country's troubled northwest. The blast damaged the last truck in the convoy. At least 35 people were injured in the explosion, many seriously.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
In the southwestern city of Quetta, a suicide bombing killed at least 17 people at a Shiite Muslim mosque in a district that has been hit hard by bombings carried out by the Sunni Muslim militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, authorities said. Sunni militant groups regard Shiite Muslims as heretics and have pursued a campaign of violence against them in Pakistan for years. No one had claimed responsibility for the Quetta attack as of late Sunday.