Burka-Clad Suicide Bomber Kills 16 in Pakistan
An injured being treated at a hospital in Bannu. A suicide bomber disguised in a woman’s burqa blew himself up at a busy police checkpost in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 16 people including four policemen.(AFP/Tariq Mahmood)
The burka-clad bomber exploded himself (or possibly herself) when police stopped to check his rickshaw.
The BBC reported:
A suicide bomber, wearing a woman’s burka, has killed at least 15 people in an attack at a busy police checkpoint in north-west Pakistan, officials say.
Four policemen were among the dead, and at least 20 people were injured in the blast in the garrison town of Bannu.
The bomb was detonated in a rickshaw, which had been stopped for inspection.
It is the latest in a series of deadly attacks blamed on Islamist militants in the North Waziristan tribal region near the border with Afghanistan.
Police officials said the bomber was wearing a burka, a woman’s garment which covers the body from head to toe.
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UPDATE: The Daily Times today said the burka-clad bomber was a man.