Massive blast kills 38 in NW Pakistan
Pakistani security personnel and local residents search for blast victims through the rubble of a destroyed building following a car bomb attack in the town of Hangu on May 26, 2011.
At least 38 people have been killed and over 52 others injured after a massive car bomb struck a police station in Pakistan's northwestern town of Hangu.
The incident took place on Thursday as a bomber in a pickup truck detonated his explosives, a Press TV correspondent reported.
"The bomber blew up the car at a checkpoint close to the police station," police deputy inspector general Masood Khan Afridi said.
Nearby houses and 15 shops were completely destroyed in the blast. Police said the toll could rise as many of those wounded are in serious condition.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
"We accept responsibility for this attack. This was a small attack to avenge Osama's martyrdom," a spokesman for Pakistan's main Taliban faction, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location.
"Soon you will see bigger attacks. Revenge for Osama can't be satisfied just with small attacks," he added.
The attack comes a day after nine security personnel were killed and a police station was flattened in a massive truck bomb in Peshawar.
Militant attacks in Pakistan are on the rise as the Taliban vowed recently to avenge the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who the US claimed to have killed in an operation in Pakistan on May 2.
Meanwhile, former officials with Pakistan's military and intelligence service say the US wrongfully claimed it has killed bin Laden in Pakistan as part of a scheme to invade the South Asian country with the pretext that it harbored the terrorist leader.