PESHAWAR: In yet another grisly attack, at least five persons including two policemen were killed and twenty one received multiple injuries when a suicide bombers hit a checkpost located near the State Life building in Saddar bazaar locality on Thursday.
Reports reaching here said that suicide bomber blew himself up closed to the checkpost killing five persons and injuring dozens others who were later rushed to Lady Reading hospital. Sources said that some of the injured are said to be in critical condition. Senior minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour while confirming the death told said that it was a suicide attack, which played havoc in the busy Saddar bazaar locality.
People said that it was a powerful blast, which damaged the adjacent PIA building and leaving the windowpanes of nearby shops smashed. Some of the building developed cracks because of the intensity of the blast. Law enforcement officials, district administration and police and rescue staff reached the spot and started rescue operation and shifted the injured to nearby hospitals.
Meanwhile, in their separate messages, President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the bomb blast near State Life Building on Arbab Road.
President Asif Ali Zardari, in his message reiterated the perpetrators of such heinous crime would not be spared. He expressed condolence over the loss of innocent lives and said the government was committed to root out terrorism from the country.The Prime Minister vowed that the terrorists were the country’s biggest enemies and effort would be made to banish the scourge of terrorism from the country.-SANA