Peshawar: At least nine people were killed and several wounded in the latest bombing attack in northwest Pakistan. The blast occurred in a market on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Peshawar, government officials said. The blast emanated from an explosives-laden vehicle, officials said.
According to a local government official, the blast destroyed 15 shops in the market and wounded at least 19 people. A Reuters witness saw nine dead bodies being brought to the Lady Reading hospital. The dead included a woman and two children.
An emergency has been declared in the Lady Reading hospital, the main hospital of the restive city. This was the sixth terrorist attack in Peshawar since the beginning of 2011. Pakistan’s security forces have launched a crackdown against Taliban militants in the country’s lawless tribal areas.
Militants linked to al Qaeda and the Taliban have carried out several attacks in Peshawar and killed many police officials, as well as senior security officers who are spearheading operations against militant bases in the turbulent region bordering Afghanistan.-Reuters