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Police: Suicide bomber kills 3 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber in a rickshaw detonated his explosives near a group of police constables in north-west Pakistan's main city of Peshawar.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan // A suicide bomber in a rickshaw has detonated his explosives near a group of police constables in north-west Pakistan's main city of Peshawar, killing three people, police said. The attack was the latest in a weeks-long string of strikes that have killed more than 300 people and appear aimed at distracting the government from its offensive against the Taliban in the South Waziristan tribal region. Security forces have been the primary targets.

Five other people were wounded in the blast at Pathang Intersection on the well-known Ring Road around the city, police official Shaukat Khan said. Television footage showed a destroyed rickshaw surrounded by security officials. A crane lifted the vehicle's carcass to clear the road. Peshawar has been struck several times during the recent surge of strikes. A late October explosion in the city levelled a market, killing about 112 people in the deadliest attack to hit the country since 2007.

* AP