Peshawar: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a crowded court complex in this northwestern city today, killing five persons and injuring nearly 50 others in the latest in a wave of terrorist attacks across Pakistan.
The bomber, who came to the court complex in a rickshaw, tried to flee when he was challenged by police, said North West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Bilour.
He blew himself up when police fired at him, the minister told reporters at the site of the blast.
Five persons were killed in the blast, Bilour said.
Nearly 50 injured people were taken to nearby hospitals. Doctors said six of them were in a serious condition.
Several policemen, lawyers and passers-by were among the injured. Bilour said there would have been more casualties if the bomber had managed to enter the sessions court complex on Jail Road, a high-security area.
To a question about claims that India and the US were behind such attacks, he said, "no Americans or RAW agents are carrying out these blasts".
The sessions court complex is located a short distance from a hostel for provincial legislators, Peshawar Museum, provincial home department, Central Jail and Governor's House.