A police station in northwest Pakistan was attacked Monday and left over 46 injured and 19 dead. Authorities say the suicide bomber detonated his explosive packed vehicle in an alley behind the Lakki Marwat station destroying most of the station as well as other nearby buildings and homes. At the time of the suicide attack, about 45 police officers were inside. Lakki Marwat is on the main road between Punjab province, the biggest and wealthiest in Pakistan, and the North and South Waziristan tribal regions.
No one has taken responsibility for the suicide bombing, but officials believe Taliban militants are to blame, as they have taken part in several recent suicide attacks in Pakistan reports The New York Times. “The militants are taking advantage of the flood situation,” Mian Iftikhar Hussain, information minister for the provincial government, said Monday in reference to floods that have devastated the country. “They know that we are busy in the relief and rescue work.”
Unfortunately, this is not the first attack of its kind in recent weeks. More than 43 Shia Muslims were killed in a suicide attack in Quetta on Friday. Just two days prior, a triple suicide attack in Lahore killed 35 people at a Shiite ceremony.