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Three Bombings Kill 28 In Northwest Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Three separate bomb attacks killed at least 27 people in northwestern Pakistan today.

Early today, police said a bomber detonated his explosive-laden car near the Belly Tang police station in Kohat, south of Peshawar.

Kohat police chief Dilawar Khan Bangash told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal that the target was the police station, but the explosive-packed car detonated before hitting the target as it collided with a vehicle coming from the opposite direction.

Bangash said all those killed were civilians, while more than 30 were injured, including nine policemen. The condition of some of the policemen is serious.

The attack was the second in Kohat in two days. Forty-one people were killed and over 60 injured on April 17 in two bomb attacks at a center set up for the registration of internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Later in the day, an apparent bomb attack near a police station in a crowded Peshawar market killed at least 20 people, Radio Mashaal reported.

The explosion at Peshawar's Qisa Khwani Bazaar occurred during a rally of the Jama'at e Islami Party protesting against power cuts in Pakistan.

Radio Mashaal reports that the dead include a deputy police superintendent and a leader of the Jama'at e Islami Party.

A separate bombing struck outside a school run by a police welfare foundation in Peshawar, killing a young boy and wounding 10 people.

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal, with agency reports

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