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Pakistan suicide attack kills three at press club


Aftermath of the blast at the Peshawar Press Club

A suicide bomber has killed at least three people outside a club for journalists in the north-west Pakistani city of Peshawar, police say.

A policeman, a Peshawar Press Club worker and a woman passer-by were killed. At least 17 others were wounded, several of them journalists.

Peshawar has borne the brunt of recent attacks, which have left scores dead.

Pakistan has seen a surge in violence ever since the army began an offensive against the Taliban in Waziristan.

"It was a suicide attack. The bomber wanted to enter the building. The police official at the gate stopped him and he blew himself up," AFP news agency quoted senior police official Karim Khan as saying.

"The guard room outside the gate was badly damaged. Three motorcycles parked inside the compound and one bus on the other side of the road were damaged."

He said almost all the windows of the Peshawar Press Club had been shattered.

Journalists in Pakistan have been targeted by militants on numerous occasions.

Peshawar, near the Afghan border, has been attacked repeatedly since Pakistan sent its troops to fight the Taliban in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

On 28 October, about 120 people died when a huge car bomb ripped through the city's busy Peepal Mandi market.

Hundreds more people have been killed in attacks across the country since the army operation began in the autumn.

Map showing area of most recent attacks in Pakistan
Dera Ghazi Khan, 15 December: At least 27 killed in bomb attack on market
Multan, 8 December: Intelligence agency office attacked - at least 12 killed
Peshawar: Many recent attacks - 28 October market bombing killed about 120
Lahore: Targeted several times - market bombs killed 50 on 7 December
Rawalpindi: Several recent attacks, including one at a mosque on 4 December in which 35 died
Islamabad: Security tightened after series of attacks - 20 October bombing killed nine at International Islamic University
Charsadda, 10 November: Car bomb kills 34 and wounds 100

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