PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suicide bomber struck a vehicle carrying the chief of a paramilitary police force in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing him and four others in an attack that ended a relative lull in violence in a city often targeted by the Taliban.
The attack in Peshawar comes as Pakistan's impoverished northwest has been struggling to recover from more than a week of devastating floods that have killed 1,500 people and affected millions of others, now looking for help from the government.
Rescue workers frantically tried to extinguish fires that engulfed several cars in the minutes after the attack near a major market in the center of Peshawar, which was wracked by a string of bombings at the end of last year but has been relatively quiet in recent months.
Sifwat Ghayur, the head of the Frontier Constabulary, was killed in the attack along with his driver and three bodyguards, said Shafiullah Khan, a senior police officer. The explosion also injured seven other people, he said.
The bomber was likely on foot and waited at a traffic light for Ghayur's vehicle to approach, said Abdur Rehman Khan, another police officer.