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Two bomb blasts kill policeman in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Pakistani police officials inspect the site of a roadside bomb explosion in Peshawar on May 18, 2016. (AFP photo)

At least one policeman has been killed and 10 others injured in two bomb blasts targeting a police patrol in the troubled city of Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan.

The first roadside bomb exploded as a police patrol vehicle was passing in the neighborhood of Aslam Dheri in the southern outskirts of Peshawar, the capital of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.

Twenty minutes later, a second explosion targeted police, rescuers and others who had gathered at the site of the first blast to help the casualties.

"A policeman embraced martyrdom and three others were wounded in two bomb blasts," said senior police official, Sajjad Khan.

A hospital official, Zulfiqar Ali Babakhel, also said that one dead and ten injured, including three policemen and seven civilians, were transferred to hospital.

He added that a driver of private AAJ television was among the injured, adding that he had come to the site after the first explosion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the twin blasts yet but pro-Taliban militants often target military men and civilians.

Thousands of Pakistanis have lost their lives in bombings and other militant attacks since 2001, when Pakistan entered an alliance with the US in the so-called war on terror.

Late last month, pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan killed a provincial minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Minister of Minorities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Sardar Soran Singh was killed by bike-riding militants in his native village in the Buner Valley, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) northeast of Peshawar, on April 22. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the assault.

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