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Explosions in Peshawar kill, wound several

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Two separate blasts, both targeting the police, killed and wounded several people Monday in Pakistan's violence-torn Peshawar city, authorities said.

Geo News reported at least six people, four of them police officers, died and 15 others were wounded in the two blasts, one set off by a teenage suicide bomber and the other by a roadside explosive device.

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The report quoting police said the suicide attacker blew himself up near a police van whose officers were on routine patrol on the outskirts of Peshawar, capital of the northwest Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, which has come under unrelenting violence by extremists and militants from nearby tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan.

"The bomber was a teenager, he came on foot and blew himself up near the police van," a police official was quoted as saying. Three policemen including a senior police official died in the attack. The blast also killed two civilians, the report said.

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The roadside blast, which occurred shortly after the first one, also targeted a police van, killing one officer, authorities said.

Bashir Bilor, a senior provincial minister, said the militants were targeting police to dishearten them, but said the fight against terrorism would not stop.

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In other developments, militants riding motorcycles in Pakistan's southwest Sunday night torched three oil tankers carrying fuel to U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan, CNN reported, quoting a police official. The incident occurred south of Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province. In a separate attack, two other NATO supply trucks also were set on fire as they traveled in the province, the report said.

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