Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan: A female suicide bomber in Dera Ismail Khan (northwestern Pakistan) blew herself killing at least nine people (including 6 security personnel) and wounding 26 more in the attack outside a local civilian hospital on Sunday.
The attack in Dera Ismail Khan was claimed by Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Pakistani Taliban). Local officials said the attack happened after two police were killed at a roadside checkpoint outside the city.
“When their bodies were taken to the main hospital, a suicide bomber, believed to be a female, wearing a burqa, triggered an explosive-laden jacket and caused huge losses,” said Waqar Ahmad, a local police officer.
He said the blast had damaged the emergency ward of the hospital and forced some of the wounded to be transferred to other cities.
Muhammed Khurasani, a spokesman for the TTP, claimed responsibility for the attack, which he said was carried out in revenge for the killing of two Taliban commanders by counter-terrorism police around a month ago. However, he denied the bomber was female.
Dera Ismail Khan has seen a number of suicide attacks over the past decade as the Pakistani military carried out a campaign to suppress militant attacks in the area, an important hub in the $60 billion China Pakistan Economic Corridor.