ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A suicide bomber rammed a truck loaded with explosives into a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing a child and six other civilians, police said. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility.
The attack was the second over the weekend in the Kohat area, illustrating the resilient nature of militant networks in Pakistan despite army offensives targeting their sanctuaries along the Afghan border. At least 26 people were wounded, including six police.
Qari Hussain, a top Pakistani Taliban militant commander who allegedly trains suicide bombers, called an Associated Press reporter from an undisclosed location hours after the blast to claim responsibility.
He said the suicide blast was revenge for a recent army strike on a militant-run hospital in the South Waziristan tribal area.
"Such attacks will continue in revenge for the deaths of our fellows," Hussain said.
The truck was loaded with up to 550 pounds of explosives, area police official Dilawar Khan Bangash said.
The 41 victims of the twin suicide attacks in the Kohat area on Saturday were among around 200,000 people who have left the Orakzai region since the end of last year, when the Pakistan army began airstrikes against militants.