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Suicide bomber kills eight in Peshawar

Peshawar, Apr 29 (): Pakistan police said that a suicide bomber, who rammed his motorcycle into a bus in north-western city of Peshawar in Pakistan on Monday killed at least eight people and wounded 45 others.

The explosion took place in a busy road of the city. The suicide bomber detonated his explosives on the busy University Road near a passenger bus and a police patrol car during rush hour in the morning. The dead include a police constable and some bystanders, said Faisal Kamran, a senior police official.

Mr. Kamran said that he was trying to get closer to the target but probably could not get through the rush and exploded just a few feet away from the target.

It was the latest deadly blast to shake the country ahead of national elections next month. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The attack appeared aimed at the convoy of a city official who had passed by shortly before the explosion.

Police said, body parts of the suicide bomber were also found at the blast site. Bomb disposal officials said the explosives weighed up to six kilograms (13 pounds).

Rescue teams moved the injured and the dead bodies to Khyber Teaching Hospital while police sealed off the area and started investigation. After the incident, the University Road was closed for traffic.

Violence has sparked up in the nuclear-armed country ahead of national elections on May 11 that will mark the first democratic transition in the country’s history.

Yesterday, in four bomb attacks targeting campaign offices and election meetings in Balochistan provinces and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provinces, 12 people were killed and more than 40 injured. The banned Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for two of the attacks.

A report given by a leading newspaper says at least 56 people had been killed in attacks on politicians and political parties since April 11.