At least 19 people were killed and 45 wounded when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden car into a police station in Lakki Marwat on Monday, destroying the building, police said.
“There were nine policemen among the dead,” senior police official Iftikhar Ahmad said after the attack on Lakki Marwat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Shahid Hameed, a spokesman for the Lakki Marwat police, also confirmed the death toll.
Police said 20 policemen were among those wounded by the blast which destroyed the police station and damaged a nearby administrative building.
“19 dead bodies and 45 injured have been brought to our hospital,” said doctor Ghulam Ali, medical superintendent of Lakki Marwat’s main hospital.
Ali said there were 21 policemen among the wounded brought to the hospital, which was also damaged in the blast.
The police station building completely collapsed due to the massive explosion, trapping several policemen.
“Rescue work is underway, we are searching for policemen trapped under the rubble,” police official Mohammad Saleem said.
Police said the bomber hit the back of the building because the front and side walls of the police station were heavily protected with sand bags.
Police cordoned off the whole area after the incident and have launched a search operation to avert further attacks.