Car bombing kills 10 near Peshawar

Published: February 3, 2011
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Pakistani security officials and local residents gather at the car bomb blast site in Peshawar on February 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani security officials and local residents gather at the car bomb blast site in Peshawar on February 2, 2011. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: 

At least 10 people were killed, most of them women and children, and 26 wounded when a car bomb ripped through a packed market near a police station on Wednesday  – the fifth attack in Peshawar in less than a week.

The bomb devastated shops and vehicles at the congested Tela Band Road area on the outskirts of the provincial capital, police said.

They said that the target was the Badabher police station, a stone’s throw from the blast site. “It was a timed device. The target was police. He (the attacker) parked the car here due to the traffic congestion,” city police chief Liaqat Ali Khan told reporters.

“The bomb was fitted to the CNG kit of the car. And artillery shells were also used in the explosion to maximise the damage,” he added. Ijaz Khan, another senior police official, added that 40-50 kilogrammes of explosives were used.

Witnesses said they heard a deafening boom and soon afterwards dust and smoke enveloped the scene. “It was a huge blast. I saw people lying all around. Some were dead, others were crying for help,” Wakil, a witness told The Express Tribune.

The Rescue 1122 confirmed at least 10 fatalities, among them a woman and four children. Another 26 people, including a woman and five children, were injured.

Asmara Bibi, a housewife, was sitting in the back of a Datsun pick-up en route to a nearby village to visit relatives when the bomb exploded.

“A wave of flames hit me. It was so powerful, I thought I was in a furnace. My burqa also caught fire and I threw it away,” she said.

“My kids were also burnt and I cried for them. After that I don’t remember what happened. When I came round in the hospital, my relatives told me they’re injured but safe.”

Medics at Peshawar’s main Lady Reading Hospital said they had received nine dead, including three children and one woman. “Children and women are among the injured as well,” Abdul Hamid Afridi, a senior staff member at the hospital told AFP.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Senior Minister Bashir Bilour said the target was the nearby police station. “If they (militants) want to fight the US and Nato troops, they should go to Afghanistan. Why are they killing innocent people in Peshawar,” a visibly irritated Bilour told the media.

Contrary to Bilour, provincial government’s spokesperson Mian Iftikhar Hussain tried to put up a bold face. “The besieged militants in Mohmand Agency are asking their accomplices to carry out attacks in Peshawar to ease pressure there,” he said.

Hussain said the militants were frustrated by successful operations of the security forces in Mohmand.

It was the fifth terror attack in and around Peshawar in less than a week. On Monday, a senior police official and five others were killed in twin attacks. And on Saturday, a double truck bombing killed four people at the Kohat tunnel.

Additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, February 3rd, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • F Robinson
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:20AM
  • Feb 2, 2011 - 10:34AM

    This is the price that we are paying sitting in Pakhtunkhwa to save the world. In return our roads are broken, bridges damaged, schools bombed, fruits & vegetables expensive, police stations deserted, electricity & gas shortage, youth unemployed & zero development & hyper inflation.Recommend

  • imran
    Feb 2, 2011 - 10:39AM

    YA ALLAH WHEN YOUR AAZAB WILL ENGULF THESE KILLERS WHO HAVE NO RESPECT FOR HUMAN LIFE.Recommend

  • ali
    Feb 2, 2011 - 11:46AM

    @imran:
    These killers are AAZAB for us from Allah.Recommend

  • Altafhater
    Feb 2, 2011 - 1:08PM

    Wen will we stop being a part of the war on terror? Until that happens, this will never stop. Sad but trueRecommend

  • Sara Noor Perriard
    Feb 2, 2011 - 2:54PM

    Expell AFP out of Pakistan, treat it like North Korea does.Recommend

  • ram
    Feb 2, 2011 - 2:58PM

    I feel sad for the Pakistani friends who have to live in terror on a hourly basis. If India could stop terror attacks successfully, I am sure Pakistan can also do it. There are good administrators and intellectuals in Pakistan and I hope that the day of peace and prosperity is not far off Recommend

  • Iam_a_ignorant_man
    Feb 2, 2011 - 4:25PM

    @imran
    These terrorists are just following what is instructed in Quran and they swear by that. Nobody can deny that. Given this as the case are you asking for
    almight’s “AAZAB” to engulf the killers or the true believers who are following what is written in Quran ?Recommend

  • Danish
    Feb 2, 2011 - 5:27PM

    @ ignorant
    please do not quote the Quran without specific references. Thank youRecommend

  • brazil congo
    Feb 2, 2011 - 5:27PM

    you cant end war on terror

    use infra red cameras and kill pakistan taliban hidden in caves

    and america can give drone technology and medical equipments and compensation for innocent victims

    fence af pak border

    territory should not be usedRecommend

  • Khan Sahab!
    Feb 2, 2011 - 5:50PM

    The policy of “Strategic Depth”. Bombs for Pakhtunkhwa, developmental projects for Punjab. But is that really possible? Have they indeed been able to save Punjab while putting the neighbourhood on fire? Look ahead. Certainly more is in store. Lets not live in fouls’ paradise. This is not going to come to an end any time soon. Nor is this going to remain in Pakhtunkhwa alone. The fire is already engulfing the entire country.Recommend

  • Abdul Rauf khan
    Feb 2, 2011 - 6:11PM

    It is too much should be stop now.May Allah give these killer hidayat if not then take them out from this world Aameen.Recommend

  • Ali Imran
    Feb 2, 2011 - 6:35PM

    Since we have got Raymond Davis(Fake name for a CIA Agent) in Lhr, you must have noticed the Terrorists have significantly upped their ratio of Attacks in Pakistan so what does this suggest? I would love to to hear your views on it. Recommend

  • Feb 2, 2011 - 7:30PM

    How these killing and maiming of innocent people going on for so long with total impunity raises the question of is rule of anything other than killing and maiming exist in Pakistan ?Recommend

  • Yasar
    Feb 2, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Taliban are losing thats why they are resorting to placing bombs in public places. In 2009 they had virtual control of Makaland division, Bajaur, Mohmand, South Waziristan, Khyber, Orakzai and more areas, now their presence has gone down significantly in these areas. rememeber people believed Peshwar would fall in 2009, now no one believes that.Recommend

  • Aamir+Ali
    Feb 2, 2011 - 7:56PM

    Action needs to be resumed against terrorists.Recommend

  • I_am_insane
    Feb 2, 2011 - 8:12PM

    @Danish

    Quran (2:191-193)
    There are many others, just to name a few…
    Quran (2:244), Quran (2:216), Quran (3:151),Hadith (Bukhari -52:177)

    The Talibani considers every pakistani who doesn’t believe their
    ideology of Islam as non-believers. So effectively making everyone else a potential target.Recommend

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