19 Apr 2009

Bomber kills 27 at checkpoint

5:20 pm on 19 April 2009

A suicide bomber has attacked a police checkpoint in north-west Pakistan killing 27 people.

Twenty five of the dead were police and soldiers and two were passers-by, while about 65 people were injured.

The attack took place at 4.10pm (1010 GMT) on Saturday, in Doaba, a town in the Hangu tribal district, 190km west of Islamabad.

Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police said the bomber was driving a pick-up truck which he rammed into a convoy passing by a security checkpost.

Police said the death toll could rise because at least seven out of the 65 wounded were said to be in a critical condition.