PESHAWAR - At least nine security personnel were killed and 41 others, including civilians, were injured when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden mini truck into a CID police station in the Gora Qabristan area of Peshawar in a pre-dawn raid on Wednesday. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan phoned media outlets from an undisclosed location and claimed responsibility for the deadly attack, terming it vengeance for the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. He said such actions would continue till continuation of drone attacks and military operations in the country. CID personnel including SSG Commander Maqsood Ilahi, Hamid Ali, Shafqat, Niaz-ur-Rehman and Sardar Alam died on the spot in the attack while another two Zakir and Masood Alam succumbed to injuries at a hospital. The other slain were not immediately identified. Eyewitness said that the incident took place around the time for the morning prayer when most of the police personnel were present inside the three-storey building. The intensity of the blast was so severe that it jolted the entire cantonment and far-flung areas. The blast flattened the building, trapping policemen under the rubble. At the time of blast, 27 police personnel were on the premises. Rescue 1122 ambulances and Edhi staff retrieved dead bodies from the debris and shifted the injured to Khyber Teaching Hospital, Lady Reading Hospital and Combined Military Hospital. Around 41 injured persons, including 20 policemen, were shifted to various hospitals of the city where some of the injured were stated to be in critical condition. Some of the injured were identified as Wajidi Ali, Muhammad Shahbaz, Faqir Shah, Johar Shah, Umar Hitab, Abdul Qayum, Adnan Shehzad, Abdul Qayum and Fazal Rokhan. Amidst red alert, police and security forces were deployed at the blast site to avert any follow-up blast. According to the bomb disposal squad, around 300 kilograms of explosive material was used in the attack, which wreaked havoc with the CID building. Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Ahmad Bilour visited the blast site and strongly condemned the tragic incident. He expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. Bashir Ahmad Bilour said terrorist could not deter the governments firm resolve in the fight against militancy and all available means would be utilised to fight this menace. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Barrister Masood Kausar also denounced the blast and termed it an inhuman act. He expressed his deep concern over the incident.