12 killed, at least 32 injured in Peshawar car bomb blast

Published: February 23, 2012

PESHAWAR: A car bomb ripped through a bus station on Thursday, killing 12 people, including two children on the outskirts of Peshawar, officials said.

Bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of “good quality” explosives and mortar shells were packed into the car to maximise destruction when the timed device detonated.

“It was a car bomb blast. Twelve people have been killed and 32 injured, we are investigating whether a suicide bomber was involved or not,” senior police official Kalam Khan told AFP.

Inspector General Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa confirmed that a car was used in the blast. “We have recovered the engine of the car and investigations are underway,” he said.

The deceased and injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital and Satellite Hospital.

Doctor Rahim Jan told AFP that 12 bodies had been brought into Peshawar’s main Lady Reading hospital and that 35 people were wounded.

“We have imposed an emergency in the hospital,” he told AFP.

“Several bodies are charred beyond recognition. Ten to 12 of the wounded are in a critical condition,” he added.

The bomb went off on main Kohat Road. More than 10 cars parked in the parking stand were destroyed as a result of the explosion.

The road leads to Miranshah, Kohat and Dera Ismail Khan. There was a heavy rush of passengers and buses at the stand when the bomb exploded.

The area was cordoned off by the police while a heavy contingent of police and Frontier Corps had been deployed. A rescue operation was carried out.

Police also arrested a suspect from the bomb site and interrogation is underway.

Reader Comments (27)

  • Amjad
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:03PM

    Shows how desperate the anti state cowards are- attacking unarmed civilians to please their foreign masters. They must be feeling frustration since the police and military have them on the defensive. Hopefully they will be completely gone in the next few years.

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  • Khurram Mansoor
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:15PM

    Ina Lilyhe Wa Inna Ilyhe Rajiyon

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 12:20PM

    who says that drone strikes are illegal?Recommend

  • Pakistani Agnostic
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:31PM

    These TTP walas have a war against Pakistan Military, fair enough. What’s the need to target innocents?
    Some one needs to teach them the basic principles of a fair war

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  • rsk
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:39PM

    @Amjad:

    Don’t be with police and military here. This is the creation of these agencies and unless there is whole hearted zeal to cleanse the menace, Pakistan will see such bombs for years to come. A complete overall is needed. Changes from fundamentalist school curriculum to arrest of bearded mullahs who are Anti India, Israel, US and west to changes in foreign policy viz. Kashmir, etc.

    Unless you correct all failed policies at one go, these terrorist will find some stupid reasons to bomb poor unsuspecting civilians without mercy.

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  • Pasha
    Feb 23, 2012 - 12:56PM

    Seems like black-water network is active again, targeting innocent civilians.

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 1:00PM

    Is there any accountability for the persons who created these strategic assets or they are enjoying in their villas after getting their due cuts

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  • truthisbitter!
    Feb 23, 2012 - 1:11PM

    Thank you “Strategic Depth”!!!

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 1:22PM

    Vienna,February 23,2012
    If only the whole bench of the land of the pure supreme court,the
    Parliament,cabinet, armed services, making up the establisment
    is safe in a country how on earth can we call it sovereign? Bombs
    keep ticking.The establishment is enacting daily comedies for all
    to see.I hope world declares Pakwood as the tragic entertainment
    epicentre on earth.
    Taravadu Taranga Trst for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva BalakrishnaRecommend

  • syed Imran
    Feb 23, 2012 - 1:30PM

    May Almighty Allah Bless the souls of all the martyrs-Ameen

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  • FJ
    Feb 23, 2012 - 2:37PM

    This is OUR war, IK!

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  • WB
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:08PM

    And now lets whine about the “missing” terrorist, oops I meant “persons”

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  • Pashtun voice
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:09PM

    Time to remove the Taliban DNA from our sacred soil.
    Eliminate them and take no prisoners.

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  • AM
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Deal with TTP …IRON FIST

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  • Krish
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:48PM

    @Pakistani Agnostic: This is the same question that your neighbors across the border have. If your anger is towards the security forces, why take it out on innocent civilians?

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  • Maryam
    Feb 23, 2012 - 3:57PM

    “Let’s give peace a chance” and let’s do’t harm this Taliban-cum-terrorists and let them bomb our bus stops, markets, mosques, Hujraas, Janazas, our shia-brothers, our Dargahs. Let them give a free hand to do all these bomb blasts and let us not stop them because we want to give Peace a chance!

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  • Abid Javed
    Feb 23, 2012 - 4:04PM

    May Allah bless all those are suffered in this trauma and give patience to their affectees.

    @Rahamat:

    My friend what you are suggesting is that the ban on drone attacks should be lifted off?
    Showing ur sympathy here and negating the loss of innocents in the drone attacks, you are being indifferent to the people of those suffered from the drone attacks. They are always innocent people killed in the drone strikes.

    CIA and other foreign agencies are succeeding in their intrigues that is changing our insight and will ultimately lead to our downfall. No country has the rights to attack the sovereignty of
    any nation.

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 4:16PM

    @rsk:
    why u r ruling out the foreign involvement, Dont u think India or other countries are taking advantage of it ??? y so much hatred for Pakistanis ?

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  • mosquito
    Feb 23, 2012 - 5:19PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    haha, what are you saying man? taking advantage of your own problem? its your own made problem. stop blaming others. and

    y so much hatred for Pakistanis ?

    what you mean by this? how? why?

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  • Iron hand
    Feb 23, 2012 - 5:30PM

    The TTP will take responsibility for this blast and the deniers will still insist that “foreign” agents are behind this. Don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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  • Cautious
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:06PM

    I thought everything was going to be “peachy” when you stopped supporting the WOT — it’s becoming increasingly apparent that this isn’t really Americas war after all. Further — it’s disappointing that innocent Pakistani’s are being blown up and are still saying that “foreigners” are responsible – time to grow up.Recommend

  • well-wisher
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:29PM

    Those who kill the innocents are the real Kufr and not the non-Muslims.

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:46PM

    @Maryam:
    Well said maryam let them destroy what ever they want and lets keep putting the blame on the Black water, Raw and Mosad .
    Shhhhhhhhh Dont call it a taliban acts because Talibans are so innocent they cant even think about harming a bee , Im sick of this laughing stock

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  • Mumtaz.Rizvi
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:56PM

    @Abid Javed:
    A sovereignty !!! which is often voilated by your loving talibans. in ur opnion these talibans are the foreign elements so why dont you bother to condemn by saying down with the tehrek-e Taliban pakistan.. ohhh named the innocents who lost their lives in drone attacks?

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  • dv sikka
    Feb 23, 2012 - 7:59PM

    Where is IMRAN, this is where he can demenstrate that he can govern. Why all this happening on his home ground.

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  • Feb 23, 2012 - 8:24PM

    The real enemy of the state has stuck again, killing innocent Pakistanis including children. These terrorists have no regard for human lives and have no remorse in taking innocent lives. Our condolences go out to the Pakistani nation and the families of those killed. We pray for fast and full recovery of those injured. Conspiracy theorists have no place here. The terrorists kill innocents in a cowardly fashion and then boldly take responsibility for these attacks, and yet some are still willing to blame the United States and others for these attacks. We have seen that the terrorists are on the run. In their desperation, they are attacking innocent people to inflict as much pain as possible. This is the time to stand united against the terrorists and support our troops who are going after them. They must be defeated so that innocent people can live in peace.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • Muhammad
    Feb 23, 2012 - 10:45PM

    If this act was committed by US or NATO forces, there would have been protests across the country from all walks of life but when muslims kill muslims, that is obviously ok. …what a nation!!!!!!!!!!

    Where is Difa-e-Pakistan and other similar outfits protesting acts of terror like this one!!!!!Recommend

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