G Mursalin Marwat LAKKI MARWAT - Three people were killed and over two dozen others including policemen got injured when a suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden double door pickup near Inspector Haibat Khan Shaheed Police Station in Darra Pezu Town on Thursday night. The voice of explosion was heard in the entire town and the adjacent villages panicking the residents. As soon as the suicide attacker diverted his vehicle loaded with a refrigerator towards the police station from the Indus Highway commonly known as Bannu-DI Khan Road and tried to cross the barriers, a cop in the sentry post opened fire on him, eyewitnesses and police sources said. A police official said that 250-kg to 300-kg explosive material was used in the blast. When the sentry noticed a suspected double door pickup coming towards the police station after breaking the barriers, he did not waste time and opened fire on it, they added. They said the police station building was situated at a distance of 50 to 60 yards from the main Bannu-DI Khan Road. They said the bomber could not reach the target (police station building) and blew the vehicle up near the shops after the sentry on duty acted timely and opened fire on it. Three civilians identified as Syed Amin, son of Gul Amin, and Muhammad Ishfaq, son of Muhammad Altaf, residents of Darra Pezu, and Jamil, son of Ghulam Muhammad, resident of Eesakkhel village, were killed in the blast. The witnesses said the blast could have caused more casualties, had the shops been opened. The injured police personnel included SI Muhammad Jalil, ASI Islam Noor, ASI Mir Ali Khan, HC Dil Nawaz, DFC Muhammad Eesa and constables Muhammad Hayat, Bahadar Zaman, Nader Khan, Ihsanullah, Sifatullah, Abdul Rehman and Nazeerullah. The civilians who wounded in the blast included Akbar Zaman, Ikramullah, Kalimullah, Rafiq, Mumtaz, Sadullah, Wahab, Shahdaab, Benash Bibi, Yemen Bibi, Rahimullah and Shafiullah. The injured were taken to the local health facilities and hospitals in the neighbouring DI Khan district. Emergency was declared in the local health major facilities and hospitals in DI Khan and Bannu district besides doctors and paramedics were called in on duty to provide all sorts of relief and medical treatment to the blast victims. The explosion caused large-scale damages in the main bazaar of the town. Over thirty shops were razed to the ground while as many were badly damaged, they maintained. They said that the blast also caused cracks in the nearby houses inflicting huge losses on the poor residents. They told that the main target (police station building) of the attacker remained safe. A front portion of the boundary wall and roof of the mosque of police station collapsed while windows and doors were damaged and windowpanes were broken, they said. Agencies add: Earlier Thursday, gunmen killed seven people, four from the same family, in an ambush on a vehicle in Kurram tribal district in a possible sectarian attack, officials said. The vehicle, with eight people on board, all from the minority Shia community, was attacked in the Makhizai area of lower Kurram, local administration chief Javedullah Khan told AFP. Gunmen hiding behind the bushes along the road opened fire, killing seven of those on board, he said, adding that the eighth person was injured. A local security official confirmed the attack, in a region which is often troubled by sectarian violence. But no-one immediately claimed responsibility and Khan said authorities had not ruled out the motive being a family vendetta. Kurram has a history of clashes between majority Sunni Muslims and minority Shias and a similar incident there in July left seven Shias dead. The northwest suffers from chronic insecurity largely connected to the tribal belt and two weeks ago, 51 people were killed by a suicide bomber in a crowded mosque in Khyber tribal district. Last week 11 people were killed when a remote-controlled bicycle bomb exploded at a busy hotel in Nowshera, northeast of Peshawar. Pakistan has suffered years of deadly violence blamed on Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked networks. More than 4,550 people have been killed in suicide attacks and bomb explosions in the country during the last four years, many of them carried out by the Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked extremists.