Blasts injure 23 in Pakistan

May 17, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
Police officials inspect the site of a bomb explosion outside a restaurant in Rawalpindi. 

ISLAMABAD:  At least 23 people have been wounded in two blasts in different parts of Pakistan, officials said yesterday, including two policemen.

The officers were among seven hurt in a motorcycle bomb attack targeting a police van in the northwestern town of Bannu, which has a history of violence, much of it targeting security forces.

“A bomb planted in a motorbike parked along the roadside went off as a police van passed by it, wounding seven people including two policemen and five passers-by,” a local police official Aslam Khan said

Earlier, a blast outside a restaurant in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, which neighbours Islamabad, wounded at least 16 people. 

It is the latest violence to hit since the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ended a ceasefire called to help peace talks with the government.