A suicide bomber on Friday targeted a senior Pakistani police commander near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar, killing at least 12 people, including two women, officials said.
It was the latest in a string of attacks as the country prepares to hold historic elections on May 11. The vote will mark the first democratic transition of power in Pakistan, which has been governed by four military rulers.
A security official said Abdul Majeed Marwat, commander of the paramilitary Frontier Constabulary for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, survived the attack and was taken to a military hospital with "only scratches".
Around 28 other people were wounded in the blast, medics said. "It was a suicide attack, the target was the FC commander," police official Arshad Khan told AFP.
Witnesses said the bomber was on foot and blew himself up when the convoy of the police chief stopped at a military checkpost in the busy cantonment area of Peshawar.
The checkpost is about 300 metres from the heavily guarded American consulate, which has itself been the target of attacks in the past, said.AFP