Related: This post tells of the Taliban’s suicide bombers recruited from madrassas in Pakistan’s northern region, where boys are brainwashed for jihad and sent to blow themselves up in Pakistan and in Aghanistan. KGS
Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — A suicide bomber struck Thursday morning outside the gates of a court compound in the heavily guarded administrative heart of the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
At least 19 people were killed and 50 wounded in the attack in the northwestern city, said Dr. Abdul Hamid Afridi, chief executive of Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Four police officers are among the dead, he said.
The bomber stepped out of a taxi near the gates to the Judicial Complex about 10 a.m. Officers on duty grew suspicious as the bomber walked toward the gates, said Nisar Ali Murrawat, a senior officer of the Peshawar police.
When an officer tried to restrain the man by embracing him, the attacker self-detonated what police estimate were 15 kilograms (33 pounds) of explosives, Murrawat said.
The attack was the seventh deadly explosion to erupt in and around Peshawar in less than two weeks.