Female suicide bomber kills nine in Northwest Pakistan

A female suicide bomber killed six people - including two policemen - in Pakistan’s restive northwest. (File photo: AP)

A female suicide bomber killed nine people - including two policemen - and wounded 30 others in Pakistan’s restive northwest Sunday in an attack claimed by the Taliban, officials said.

The attack happened at the entrance of a hospital in Kotlan Saidan village on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan.

District police chief Salim Riaz told AFP that police were helping move the bodies of two of their colleagues - who had been shot dead by militants on Saturday - when the suicide bomber struck.

The injured included eight policemen and five civilians.

Another local police official, Malik Habib, confirmed the attack and casualty figures and said officers later recovered the mutilated head of the bomber.

Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement sent to local media.

Pakistan has seen an improvement in security in recent years, but low-level attacks are still carried out with devastating regularity - often targeting security forces in the northwest and the tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00