Photo shows the vehicle of the Frontier Constabulary Commandant, which officials said was the intended target of the bomber, being towed away from the site.—Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: At least 12 people were killed and 31 injured Friday when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a Frontier Constabulary convoy in a high security area of northwestern Peshawar city, police said.

The bomber blew himself up near a military checkpost, barely 500 yards from the US consulate, on Peshawar’s Fakhr-i-Alam Road, which connects the city’s Mall Road and Cantonment Road.

The Corps headquarters is also located half a kilometre away from the site of the attack, for which the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.

The bomber intended to target FC Commandant Abdul Majeed Marwat, security officials said. The senior paramilitary official, however, managed to escape the attack relatively unhurt.

Police Superintendent Mohammad Faisal said eight to 10 kilograms of explosive were used in the blast, he added.

Officials at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital said they had received six bodies, and two more had succumbed to wounds, raising the death toll to 12.

Meanwhile, officials at the Combined Military Hospital confirmed they had received four bodies, while 17 patients were being treated for injuries from the blast. The dead included an Army soldier, an FC soldier, and two civilians, the official said, requesting not to be named.

Speaking from an undisclosed location via telephone, spokesman for the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Ehsanullah Ehsan, claimed responsibility for the attack, saying they had targeted the FC for their repeated operations against the Taliban and tribal people.

Jets pound militant hideouts in Orakzai

Meanwhile, Pakistani fighter jets bombarded suspected militant hideouts in upper Orakzai tribal region, killing up to eight militants, security officials claimed.

According to the official, who requested not to be named as he was not authorised to speak to the media, the jets destroyed three hideouts belonging to Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) militants in Mamozai area of upper Orakzai, believed to be a stronghold of Hakimullah-led militants.

The official said that they had reports of about eight militants killed and scores of others injured.

In a separate incident, militants targeted a security forces vehicle with a remote-controlled bomb in Kurram Agency, wounding four soldiers and damaging the vehicle.

The security officials confirmed that the incident had taken place at Shaheedano Dhand area of Central Kurram Agency.

Updated Mar 29, 2013 04:30pm

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Ahmed Basha
Mar 29, 2013 05:22am
Is the security check posts are that much vulnerable? When they could not save themselves, the fate of common people is well known.
Mar 29, 2013 06:40am
can i have names of those who are dead?
Mar 29, 2013 06:59am
no one cares if we all die, we have so called world 6th largest army, its not fault of US, its all our fault, they cant even put one scanner on Peshawar motorway interchange which detects explosive, i remember if you ever visite Swat now a days there is a detector which even detects a pistol bullet, but in peshawar every second day , there is a blast
Mar 29, 2013 07:16am
what has happened to city of raj kapoor, dilip kumar, shah rukh khan
Shair Khan
Mar 29, 2013 08:18am
It is very disappointing to see that PPP, PML-N and PTI the current three political parties do not come out and say these people are anti-Pakistan and what they are doing is against the teaching of Islam. Either they are silent supporters of Taliban or they are afraid to speak up. What kind of leaders are these who are afraid to speak the truth?
Tanveer Khan
Mar 29, 2013 08:25am
Armed forces caught sleeping again.....
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
Mar 29, 2013 09:22am
More than half region of Pakistan has been occupied by Terrorist. Peshawar and Quetta are their Capitals.
Mar 29, 2013 10:01am
Very Sad news. Teach lessons to leaders who failed to protect citizens in comming elections
Mar 29, 2013 12:04pm
Well said bro!
Mar 29, 2013 12:21pm
The new PK government must learn lesson from Sri Lanka. Rememeber how they flushed out the Tamil Tigers?? Same needs to happen with TTP and its leadership... they are cold blooded murderers. The government must not make peace with these Shatans come hell or high water.
Cyrus Howell
Mar 29, 2013 12:39pm
They are weak men.
Mar 29, 2013 12:40pm
Correction Please, What has happened to the city of Pakistan! Don't try to associate indian actors in every situation running in Pakistan. The partition was done so that this thinking pattern of keeping all associated into one nation, can be eliminated. We stand as an independent NATION and don't need so-called "Aman Ki Asha" whereby we are still being targeted by Indians and their media!
Mar 29, 2013 01:13pm
It means we do not have leaders.. bilqul thek farmaya aap ny
Mar 29, 2013 02:07pm
Totally agree This is sad that leaders of these three parties prefer to remain silent against barbarian act.
Mar 29, 2013 02:13pm
The common people need to play their role and start identifying these butcher. These attacker are not coming from another world, or country, they live among us and we (the common people) need to identify them.
Mar 29, 2013 02:52pm
Leaders without a back bone.
Usman Khan
Mar 29, 2013 03:06pm
Yes you are right. Can anybody ask Ehsan Ullah where it is written in our religion to kill the innocent people.
Abu Baloch
Mar 29, 2013 03:12pm
one terrorist killed 12
Mar 29, 2013 03:34pm
Yup.. Like New Delhi and Gujrat are the capitals of terrorism in India
ahmed jan
Mar 29, 2013 03:40pm
This exact spot/area is the target of such terrorist activity in the past, several times (four I know). It is a big question mark on the Army and other agencies why couldn't they guard effectively and efficiently this particular area. If one looks statistically the places targeted in last decade, this spot would be on the top. It seems the terrorist are too clever or the security agencies are too slow.
Mar 29, 2013 03:45pm
Abbatobad and Islamabad are two even more important capitals!
Cyrus Howell
Mar 29, 2013 03:46pm
Killing by terrorists, tribal warfare, criminality and religious strife never seems to end.
Cyrus Howell
Mar 29, 2013 03:48pm
To go to paradise they must kill.
Mar 29, 2013 04:20pm
Obviously it is not easy to identify a terrorist who looks like everybody else dresses like a common man on the streets. But than it is the roll of the secret services of Pakistan to have people in the enemy troops working as informant for the masses. If TTP suicide squad is ding it for money than Govt should be able to pay them more to inform us of their satanic planning. Eshan ullah Eshan always speak with the newspapers on his cell phone from an undisclosed location. Can't we catch him? For God sake he is in Pakistan and killing our people destroying our scared resources and we are just watching it.
Mar 29, 2013 05:30pm
I sincerely hope for your sake, you are being sarcastic.
Mar 29, 2013 05:35pm
"More than half region of Pakistan has beeb occupied by Terrorist?" That would be lucky. I will take that in a heart beat. How about ALL OF PAKISTAN? THAT WOULD BE THE ACCURATE STATEMENT.
Mar 29, 2013 05:54pm
Thanks for the joke.
Mar 29, 2013 08:51pm
Sam, It is sad to see your comment under a very tragic news. After such tragedy, every one wishes for "Aman" and you say that you do not need it. RIP to all those who have lost their lives. I still have hope that there will be "Aman" one day.
Mar 29, 2013 09:57pm
This is not going to happen in Pakistan as the talibans have enough moral as well as ideological support in Pakistan. You can see religious leaders or mullahs are not openly critcisizing talibans' raional or irrational actions as they are considered as protectors of Islam by some Pakistanis.
Mar 30, 2013 02:08am
will get eliminated
Mar 30, 2013 04:33am
Pakistan should stop its duality of Good Taliban/Bad Taliban, unless it does so, the fight against terrorism is bound to fail. Infact it will be only cosmetic effort by Military, as only common is most affected by this. Abolishing this distinction will usher peace in the entire sub-continent.