Peshawar: As terror fury continued to hit Pakistan since the raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden truck into a police building near the US consulate here, killing 11 people, including six security personnel, and injuring 39 others.

The building on the University Road in Peshawar cantonment, which shelters the office of the Criminal Investigation Department, was destroyed by the powerful blast.

Senior Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister Bashir Bilour confirmed the attack was carried out by a suicide car bomber.
Eleven people were killed and over 39 injured in the attack, a daily quoted police officials as saying.

"About 300 kg of explosives was used in the attack. The engine of the bomber's car landed 350 feet away and his body was blown to bits. Only one finger of the bomber has been found," Bilour told reporters after visiting the site.

Officials said five policemen and a soldier were killed by the blast that occurred at 4.45 am. Injured people were taken to nearby hospitals.

Police and rescue workers said several policemen could be buried in the rubble of the building, whose walls and ceiling collapsed after the blast.

The banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility and warned it would carry out more attacks to avenge Laden's killing in a US raid on May 2. The attacks will continue till the US stops drone strikes and the Pakistani military ends its operations against militants, a Taliban spokesman said. Army soldiers and policemen cordoned off the area and sealed the University Road. Footage on television showed heavy machinery being used to remove the debris of the police building.

The police building is located within Peshawar Cantonment, less than a kilometre from the US Consulate. Last week, a US Consulate vehicle convoy was targeted with a car bomb. One person was killed and over a dozen were injured though Americans were not among the dead or seriously wounded.

Thursday’s attack was the fourth carried out the militants since the killing of Laden and.

(Agencies)