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Police: 3 blasts rock Pakistan; appear to be unrelated

By the CNN Wire Staff
January 3, 2012 -- Updated 1231 GMT (2031 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Pakistan Taliban claims responsibility for two of the blasts
  • The attacks occur in three different cities close to one another

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Blasts in three cities across Pakistan occurred within minutes of each other on Tuesday, killing at least five people and wounding dozens, officials said.

In the first incident, a suspected suicide bomber detonated himself on a deserted road on the outskirts of the northeastern city of Gujrat, police said.

"It seems like he may have set the bomb off by mistake," said police official Mudassar Ali.

Minutes later, a second blast went off in a bustling market area in Peshawar in northwest Pakistan. The bomb was placed on a motorcycle in the basement of a commercial building, police said. It killed one and injured 23.

In the third incident, a car bomb exploded in a busy market area in a Landi Kotal, a town in Pakistan's tribal Khyber Agency, said Abdul Nabi, a government official.

Four people died and eight were injured in the explosion, said Nabi.

The Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility for the blasts in Peshawar and Landi Kotal, a spokesman for the group, Insanullah Ihsan, told CNN.

A militant group called the Abdullah Azzam Bridgade worked with the Pakistan Taliban on the Landi Kotal attack, Ihsan said.

Journalists Saboor Khattak and Shaan Khan contributed to this report.

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