Peshawar blast death toll rises

Published: April 19, 2010

A Pakistani police official examines a damaged police vehicle after a bomb blast in Peshawar. (Reuters)

A Pakistani police official examines a damaged police vehicle after a bomb blast in Peshawar. (Reuters) A Pakistani policeman stands guard as local residents examine the blast site after a bomb blast in Peshawar. (Reuters) Blast in Peshawar's Qissa KHwani Bazaar

PESHAWAR: A blast occurred in Peshawar’s Qissa Khwani Bazaar killing 23 people and injuring 30 others on Monday, when people were protesting against loadshedding.

According to reports, 10 people including the DSP City Gulfat Hussain were killed on the spot while Jamat-e-Islami Peshawar General Secretary Shabbir Ahmed was injured in the blast.

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The attacks take the number of people killed in bombings in northwest Pakistan to 73 in three days, after weekend suicide strikes bearing the
hallmarks of Taliban militants left 49 people dead in the city of Kohat.

As dusk fell Monday at Peshawar’s busy Qissa Khawani Bazaar, a suicide bomber walked into the crowd and detonated explosives, scattering shoes and human limbs on the street and destroying cars, witnesses said.

“Twenty-three people were killed including three police officials. At least 27 people have been admitted to the hospital,” senior police official Imran Kishwar said. Senior provincial minister Bashir Bilour confirmed the toll. Bomb disposal squad chief Shafqat Malik told reporters that the blast was caused by a bomber wearing a suicide vest packed with steel pellets, ball-bearings and six to eight kilograms (13 to 17 pounds) of explosives.

“We have recovered the head and legs of the attacker,” he said.

Hardest hit were supporters of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI), who were still crowded in the area after staging a protest against soaring
inflation and crippling power shortages. “We were burning tyres after the protest. We had set one tyre on fire when a deafening blast rocked the whole area,” JeI party worker Saifullah said.

Mujibur Rehman, a book seller in the bazaar, told AFP: “I heard a huge blast soon after the crowd was dispersing. There was smoke everywhere and body parts were scattered on the ground.”

JeI deputy head Siraj ul Haq said he believed 25 party members had been killed, giving a slightly higher death toll than the police.

“There are many groups and agencies involved in the acts of terrorism but this is the failure of government who are responsible for the protection of citizens,” he told reporters.

The government declared three days of mourning in the province.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • S.A.R.A
    Apr 19, 2010 - 7:13PM

    This is a gift for the 18th amendment from the Establishment of Pakistan, and they will not increase it and start hitting many other cities. Also when there is an expected convention of MQM to take place, the Establishment is not very happy with it, and may force more problems in Lahore itself in the coming days. Be safe.Recommend

  • Mussarat Ahmedzeb Swat
    Apr 19, 2010 - 7:44PM

    The gov will anouce 4 the lucky one,s money what more do we want our value is 300000 injured 75000 and that is only 4 the serious injurd minor injurerd go to hellRecommend

  • Syed A. Mateen
    Apr 19, 2010 - 9:54PM

    My hearts bleeds when I hear horrible news of suicide bombing in which innocent people are killed every day.

    How long the suicide bombing will go on? Is there any end to it or not?

    Government must take appropriate measures to end the menace of suicide bombing from Pakistan.

    Enough is enough.

    Suicide bombers and their master minds should be taken to task so that Pakistanis should get relieve from the nuisance of every day suicide bombing.Recommend

  • Z ali
    Apr 20, 2010 - 10:20AM

    WHATS The NEXT TRAGET………?

    There is no name of security in peshawar. Tinted windows of cars banded in peshawar but i see 100 daily on road.No one take any action.

    Goveror house, CM hosue and all other govt buildings are garded but what about public places.

    I have seen on check post in peshawar city police get busy in gupshup and no checking. If they get Taxi they get some money and leave them.I have witness this.

    We pakistanis are become mental sick and amune of such acts which dont effect us.

    Our schools our markets and our homes are not safe. We are value less.
    Shame on us and keep bending towards unseen and seen powers.
    Fill your bank account and leave pakistan.Recommend

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