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Taliban Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Killing 9 People Outside Pakistani Hospital

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Taliban Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombing Killing 9 People Outside Pakistani Hospital

By ISHTIAQ MAHSUD / AP

(DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan) — A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police, in a complex assault claimed by the Pakistani Taliban that killed a total of nine people and wounded another 30.

Salim Riaz Khan, a senior police officer in Dera Ismail Khan, said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. He says the bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. He said eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition.

Inayat Ullah, a local forensics expert, said the female attacker set off 7 kilograms (15 pounds) of explosives packed with nails and ball-bearings.

The blast damaged the emergency room and forced it to shut down, according to a hospital official, who said the wounded were taken to a military hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

Read more: https://time.com/5631244/pakistan-taliban-suicide-bombing/