At least eight people were killed and 26 were wounded in twin attacks in the northwestern Pakistani town of Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

According to police, two gunmen opened fire at a police checkpoint in the western part of the city, leaving two policemen dead. When their bodies were taken to the local main hospital, a suicide bomber, who the authorities believe was female, detonated her explosive-packed jacket outside the hospital compound, damaging the emergency ward.

Footage from outside the hospital shows bloodstains left in the wake of the suicide attack as well as the damage to the surrounding area.

"Apparently it looks a girl, as we found long hair, legs and pieces of skull. We will send this for forensic [examination.] The Bomb disposal squad told us 7 to 8 kg of explosive was used", confirmed district police chief Saleem Riaz, speaking to the press.

Despite many details are still unclear, the Tehreek e-Taliban Pakistan armed group (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was carried out in response to the murder of two Taliban commanders by police in Dera Ismail Khan a month ago. The group also claimed the suicide attacker was a man.

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NBA 19 Oct 2019 07:28 CEST