AsiaNews observes that this is the fourth attack on Pakistani police or military installations since the death of Osama bin Laden. For the magnitude and frequency of security breaches — and the attackers have known in detail where to go and how to bypass security — we’re brought once again to CIA director Leon Panetta’s assessment: Pakistani authorities are either incompetent or complicit.
Most likely a varying mixture of both. “Pakistan: ‘Only finger’ of bomber found after suicide blast flattens police station,” by Syed Saleem Shahzad for AdnKronos International, May 25:
Peshawar, 25 May (AKI) – By Syed Saleem Shahzad – At least 4 people were killed and 20 others severely wounded early Wednesday in Peshawar in northwestern Pakistan when a truck carrying explosives rammed into a police station destroying the building.
The Pakistani Talibani claimed responsibility of the attack.
Bashir Bilour, the senior member of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly, confirmed that the attack was carried out by a suicide car bomber.
“About 300 kilograms of explosives was used in the attack. The engine of the bomber’s car landed 350 feet away and his body was blown to bits. Only one finger of the bomber has been found,” Bilour told reporters after visiting the site of the attack.
Only two days after militants brazenly attacked Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi’s naval base, the truck crossed through at least 50 checkpoints including red zone areas and targeted the high profile police intelligence office known as the CID centre.
The Guardian reports that this facility was the criminal investigation department.
“After Karachi’s incident we relocated all our strength to airports, key strategic installations and military offices. Militants took advantage of the situation and targeted the CID”s office,” the inspector general of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province told the reporters after blast.