Aftermath of bomb targeting a bus in Peshawar (Image, AFP)
The city of Peshawar in Pakistan has been hit by an explosion targeting a Civil Secretariat bus carrying government employees from Mardan to the provincial capital according to Dawn media. The attack took place in the vicinity of Sunehri Masjid killing at least 15 people with another 25 wounded. Two women and a child were among the casualties.
The Guardian reported,
“It’s premature to comment about the nature of the blast but it appears that explosives were planted inside the bus,” said Mohammad Kashif, a senior police official in the north-west frontier city.
“There were 40-50 people on the bus.”
Khalid Khan cyberjournalist stated “Bomb Disposal Unit says up to 8 kg explosive used in Peshawar bus blast, 15 killed, 30 injured. He added, “3 Pakistan Air Force employees, injured in Peshawar bus blast, shifted to Combined Military Hospital.” Ayesha Tanzeem said that Lady Reading hospital had received 39 injured and 10 dead bodies and that some were “critically injured”.
Shabbir Hussain Imam posted a tweet saying,
Blast on Sonehri Masjid Rd inside Cantonment raise question of security in
#Peshawar. Seems militants still capable for more such strikes!
Dr Arif Alvi, Member National Assembly of Pakistan tweeted,
I condemn the blast in Peshawar bus. May the souls of the dead rest in peace and perpetrators brought to justice
No-one has claimed responsibility for the blast
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