Pakistani police patrol on a street in Karachi on September 19, 2012. The death toll from twin bomb blasts in Karachi rose to seven as police said they suspected the attack was targeted at members of a minority Muslim sect. Two bombs detonated three minutes apart during September 18 evening rush hour, tearing through the Pakistani financial capital's crowded Hyderi Market, initially killing six people, including a young girl, and wounding 25. (image credit RIZWAN TABASSUM/AFP/Getty)
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) - A Pakistan police official says a bomb has struck a passenger van in a city in northwest Pakistan, killing at least eight people.
Imtiaz Khan says the blast Wednesday afternoon on the outskirts of Peshawar also wounded 24 people.
Khan says the target appeared to be a vehicle carrying Pakistani air force officials that was driving through the area. Police did not know whether any of the officials were among the casualties.
It was not immediately clear whether the explosion was the work of a suicide bomber or a bomb planted in the area.
Peshawar is considered the gateway to Pakistan's tribal areas. Militants fighting the Pakistani government often target security officials in and around the city, although violence has dropped considerably in recent years.