PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A car bomb killed nine people close to the main northwestern city of Peshawar on Wednesday, the latest in a rash of attacks that are challenging police claims of progress against Islamist militants in the region.
Twenty others were wounded in the blast on a main road leading to Pakistan's border area with Afghanistan, said government official Siraj Ahmed Khan. Three children were among the dead.
The target of the bombing was not immediately clear. It was the third major bombing in or near the city in the last week.