Bomb hits police checkpoint in Pakistan, 1 killed

By the Associated Press | November 12, 2011 | 12:50 AM EST

Pakistani girl Kolthoum Basheer, 8, queues with other women and children for a ration of rice during a donated food distribution at the Beri Iman, a shrine of famous Sufi Saint Beri Imam, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Police say a bomb has exploded at a police checkpoint in northwestern Pakistan, killing one officer and wounding two others.

Local police officer Zahir Shah says the bomb went off at a barricade outside a mud-brick police post on Saturday in the town of Shabqadar, which lies close to the Mohmand tribal region.

The area is a hotbed for militants fighting the government, and has witnessed many such attacks in recent years.

In May, a pair of suicide bombers targeted recruits as they were leaving the main paramilitary training center of Shabqadar, killing 80 people. The Pakistani branch of the Taliban militant organization claimed responsibility.