At least five people were killed in a suspected suicide attack at a police station in Pakistan’s northwestern Bannu on Saturday, police and witnesses said.
The death toll is expected to rise as the police station and several nearby houses collapsed in the explosion.
“I myself have seen five dead bodies,” Mohammad Zahid, a witness at the scene, told Reuters.
Bannu is gateway to North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region on the Afghan border and a major sanctuary for al Qaeda and Taliban militants.
Twelve Afghan militants were killed in a missile strike by a U.S. drone aircraft near the house of an Afghan Taliban commander allied to al Qaeda in North Waziristan late on Thursday night.