A woman suicide bomber today detonated a bomb outside a hospital in a lawless tribal area of northwest Pakistan, killing at least four people and injuring five others.

The blast occurred outside the main gate of the hospital in Bajaur tribal area bordering Afghanistan, senior official Asad Sarwar said.

Assistant Political Agent of the area confirmed that it was a suicide attack.

“The suicide attacker was a woman who detonated the bomb outside the main gate of the hospital,” he said.

Hospital sources confirmed that four people died and five others were injured. They said that an employee of hospital was among those killed.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, authorities blame such attacks on the Taliban.

Bajaur, one of seven districts that make up Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), had been a stronghold of the Taliban until 2008. However, the security forces cleared the region of Taliban militants as the result of major offensives.

Many security men and militants had been killed in the 2008-09 operations and some Taliban leaders had fled to neighbouring Afghanistan, officials say.

Afghan authorities arrested a senior Pakistani Taliban leader, Maulvi Faqir, in February. He is wanted in Pakistan for attacks on the security forces. Faqir, who belongs to Bajaur, had been the deputy chief of the Taliban.

The Afghan Government has refused to hand over Faqir to Pakistan on the plea that the two countries have no extradition treaty.