Three people died and two others were wounded Friday in a suicide attack targeting a leader of a fundamentalist Muslim religious school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, a Pakistani police source told Efe.

The attack took place shortly after midday prayers in a suburb of the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

The source consulted by Efe said the explosion was aimed at the vehicle of an unnamed madressa official and that, according to media accounts, he was not in the car at the time of the attack.

But the detonation did kill the intended target's driver and bodyguard.

Dawn television said the madrassa belongs to the outlawed beneficent organization Jamaat-ud-Dawa, an ultra-orthodox Sunni group accused of fronting for the Kashmiri terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Toiba, suspected perpetrator of attacks like the 2008 rampage that left 166 people dead in Mumbai, India.

Peshawar is at the edge of the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, a territory that has never been under complete government control and where Taliban factions, jihadist groups and al-Qaeda militants find refuge. EFE