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Pakistan: Suicide bomber kills 8, injures at least 40 in Peshawar

At least eight people have been killed and more than 40 injured in a suicide bombing in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan's latest pre-election violence.

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Pakistani security personnel hold up a mangled section of a motorcycle to a media representative at the bomb blast site in Peshawar on April 29, 2013. A suicide bomber killed at least eight people and wounded 45 others when he rammed his motorcycle into a bus in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, police said. (A MAJEED/AFP/Getty Images)

At least eight people have been killed and more than 40 injured in a suicide bombing in the city of Peshawar in Pakistan's latest pre-election violence.

The bomber, who rammed his motorcycle into a passenger bus, detonated the explosives after passing a police vehicle on a busy street.

"The commissioner, who passed just a minute before from the road, was the target of the bombing, but he escaped unhurt as the bomber missed the target and struck his motorcycle into a passenger bus," a police official said.

He also said that body parts of the suicide bomber were found at the blast site, where bomb disposal officials found around 13 pounds of explosives.

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Rescue teams sent bodies and those who were injured to Khyber Teaching Hospital while police investigated the area of the blast.

Monday's bombing was the latest in a slew of blasts to hit Pakistan ahead of its national elections next month.

On Sunday, at least eight people were killed and 23 injured when the Pakistani Taliban attacked the offices of election independent candidates in Peshawar and the Orakzai Agency.

Reports also said a bomb exploded near the home of an ANP candidate in the city of Mardan, damaging the wall of his compound. No one was injured.

The Taliban vowed to continue attacking political parties it sees as secular.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Monday's attack in Peshawar.

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