A female suicide bomber struck outside a hospital in Pakistan on Sunday, just as the wounded were being brought in from an earlier shooting against police. The assault was claimed by the Pakistani Taliban, killing a total of nine people and wounding another 40.
Senior police officers said gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on police in a residential area, killing two. The bomber then struck at the entrance to the hospital, killing another four police and three civilians who were visiting their relatives. Eight police were among the wounded, and that many of the wounded were in critical condition.
The female attacker set off 15 pounds of explosives packed with nails and ball-bearings, damaging the emergency room and forcing it to shut down, according to a hospital official. The wounded were taken to a military hospital.
The Pakistani Taliban claimed the attack but did not acknowledge that the bomber was a woman. The group has launched scores of attacks going back nearly two decades, but almost all of them were carried out by men.
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