Suicide attack kills top Pakistani police officer: Official

Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of a bomb attack that targeted a senior police officer in Peshawar on Nov 24, 2017.
Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of a bomb attack that targeted a senior police officer in Peshawar on Nov 24, 2017.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

PESHAWAR (Pakistan) (REUTERS) - A suicide bomber on a motorcycle killed a top Pakistani police officer and one of his guards on Friday (Nov 24) in the city of Peshawar, police said.

Additional Inspector General Ashraf Noor was leaving his home for work when the bomber rammed into his vehicle, city police chief Tahir Khan said.

Noor's vehicle was engulfed in flame, killing him on the spot, Khan said. One of his five guards died in hospital, the police chief said.

No group claimed responsibility.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi condemned the attack.

"Our resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism can not be shaken," he said.

Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on the border with Afghanistan.

Both Pakistani and foreign militants have for years operated in lawless stretches of the border region, launching attacks in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.