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Suicide Bomber Targets Pakistani Police, Killing Up To 11 People

A Pakistani journalist comforts a colleague after the death of local journalist at the site of a suicide bomb attack on the outskirts of Peshawar on January 19.

Authorities in Pakistan say a bomb targeting a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan killed as many as 11 people on January 19 and wounded 17.

The bomb attack was on a road leading from the city of Peshawar to the Khyber Pass and neighboring Afghanistan.

It also was near an area where Pakistani security forces are fighting Taliban and other militant groups.

Peshawar police official Iqbal Khan told reporters the dead include at least five police as well as civilians and at least one child.

He said the attack appears to have been carried out by a suicide bomber who struck as a local police chief arrived at the checkpoint.

Other reports said the targeted police chief was among those killed.

Munir Khan, a local government official, said the bomber was riding a motorcycle and rammed it into the roadside checkpoint.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP