15 killed in Pe­shawar Civil Sec­re­tar­iat bus blast

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

PE­SHAWAR: A pow­er­ful bomb, det­o­nated by a tim­ing mech­a­nism, ripped through a bus car­ry­ing govern­ment em­ploy­ees in Pe­shawar on Wed­nes­day, killing at least 15 peo­ple and caus­ing in­juries to 25. The blast that took place near Pe­shawar's Sunehri Masjid tar­geted a Civil Sec­re­tar­iat bus which was car­ry­ing govern­ment em­ploy­ees from Mar­dan to the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal. Fear and panic spread among res­i­dents in the wake of the ex­plo­sion and the area was cor­doned off with the in­jured be­ing shifted to the Lady Read­ing Hos­pi­tal, where an emer­gency has been de­clared.

Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SP) Can­ton­ment Muham­mad Kashif said the bomb was planted in the rear por­tion of the bus. "Fif­teen peo­ple were killed and 25 oth­ers were se­verely in­jured," added the po­lice of­fi­cer. Cap­i­tal City Po­lice Of­fi­cer (CCPO) Pe­shawar Mubarak Zeb said the bus left for Pe­shawar from Malakand, pick­ing up govern­ment em­ploy­ees on its route. The bus, which is parked at a petrol pump dur­ing the night, leaves for duty af­ter morn­ing prayers. Le­vis per­son­nel pro­vide se­cu­rity in the area, the CCPO said. Malakand is closely linked to Ba­jaur Agency and Mohmand Agency, which are sen­si­tive ar­eas, he said. Bomb Dis­posal Unit per­son­nel claimed that high-grade ex­plo­sives weigh­ing eight kilo­grams was used in the at­tack.

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