DERA ISMAIL KHAN: In a militant gun attack and a subsequent bomb blast at the hospital where the injured were taken for treatment, five policemen and three civilians were martyred.
The gun attack took place at a check post early on Sunday morning. Two Policemen, Constable Jahangir and Constable Inam were martyred on the spot.
Later, a powerful bomb went off outside the trauma centre of the district hospital where the policemen injured in the first attack had been bought for treatment. Four more policemen were martyred.
The death toll may rise over the coming hours as at least 35 more people including eight policemen were injured in the explosion.
District Police Officer (DPO) Salim Riaz said, “The woman bomber, aged around 28 years, came on foot and blew herself up.”
In a statement sent to local media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack.
Police and other law enforcement officials have cordoned off the area and a search operation was initiated which included teams of the bomb disposal squad.