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Attack on police kills 12 in Pakistan

By the CNN Wire
  • NEW: Women and children among dead, doctor says; police also killed
  • Attack targets police van in North West Frontier Province
  • Officials try to determine cause of explosion

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- An explosion in northwest Pakistan killed 12 people on Tuesday, police and hospital officials said.

The attacker targeted a police van that was traveling on the outskirts of the town of Dera Ismail Khan in North West Frontier Province. Attackers placed five kilograms (11 lbs) of explosive material on a parked bicycle and detonated it remotely, police said.

Women and children were among the dead, said Nasir Malik Akhtar, a doctor at a local hospital in Dera Ismail Khan, as were three police officers, according to police.

Journalist Nasir Habib contributed to this report.