Six killed in Matani Bazar explosion

Published: June 5, 2011
Emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast at a bus terminal near a market in Matani. PHOTO: AFP

Emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast at a bus terminal near a market in Matani. PHOTO: AFP

A media person watches as Pakistani emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast. PHOTO: AFP Emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast at a bus terminal near a market in Matani. PHOTO: AFP Emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast at a bus terminal near a market in Matani. PHOTO: AFP Emergency and rescue personnel collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast at a bus terminal near a market in Matani. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: An explosion took place on Sunday morning in the Matni area near Peshawar, leaving six people dead and 11 injured.

Express 24/7 correspondent Umar Farooq reported that the blast took place in the Matani Bazar which is located 28 km from the provincial capital.

“The blast took place at a bus stop and it seems the bomb was planted,” said Raheem Khan, a police inspector.

“We have reports that six people were killed and 11 wounded,” khan told AFP.

Peshawar police chief Mohammad Ijaz said a remote controlled device was used in the bombing.

“It appears to be a remote controlled bomb placed in a passenger vehicle waiting to leave for a rural area,” he said, adding that three other vehicles were also damaged.

He quoted witnesses as saying a man boarded the vehicle and left after leaving a package inside, telling people that he would be back soon.

Shortly afterwards a huge blast ripped through the vehicle. The casualties were mostly among the passengers, he added.

The dead included three women and one child, he said, adding that the wounded also included two women.

The injured have been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital for treatment.

Farooq reports that the Matni area is frequented by residents from nearby Kohat, Peshawar and Khyber Agency as well as locals from the Matni area, who go there to buy daily commodities.

Correction: June 5, 2011

Due to a reporting error, an earlier version of this news report misstated the shopping area to be Matangi bazar. The explosion took place in Matani bazar.

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Reader Comments (16)

  • M.Akthar
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:36AM

    3000 Died in US in 9/11 & US declared war.
    35000 Died in Pakistan & we still ask “Whose War is it”

    America said “Either you are with us or … ” a decade ago.
    & we still dont know which side we are.

    What an Irony! Recommend

  • Aamir
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:40AM

    We have to seal all entry and exits of major cities and open only ones being heavily monitored. The practice is same in all international cities. We then have to start a comprehensive search operation in each city to keep it clean from weapons. Any intruder from unauthroized routes should be arrested. This is the only way to make our cities and country safe.Our border should be sealed too to avoid illegal movement. Let us all accept this fact that we rely too much on Army to save us from internal threat which is totally wrong practice.Recommend

  • bijoy
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:41AM

    for money, your foregoverments sold Pakistan to foreigners 60 years back, they made pakistan today’s situation. They made Taliban to fight against Russians. leter goverments followed the same way, created somany other groups to fight against Indians. Now these gorups are fighting together against the creator. This was the agneda creaed by the foreigners. Heniously pallned this formula 60 years back!!!! The Pakistani Govt now sold to chinese (all weather friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) tell who is a permanenet friend???

    Dear Pakistani brothers, we Indians are not bothered Pakistan and its poor people. Awake, think, gather against your real enemy ( ISI as the father and funder atleat few of these groups (reality) / other terror groups working with Taliban etc…)) , current money eating goverment. You people find alternatives. Indians are not going to attack you, unless otherwise a major attack from inside Pakistan.

    Howlong you can survive with teaching your children to hate India and Indians. Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:05AM

    Correct the spellings of your headline !! it is matani and not matangi . proof reading is very importantRecommend

  • Imran Khan Niazi
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:21AM

    As long as the Americans keep all their assets outside Pakistan, PTI will NEVER support the Americans. I am planning another Dharna – this time it will last 1 full month.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 5, 2011 - 11:43AM

    @Imran Khan Niazi:

  • Chilli
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:34PM

    Thank you Pervez Musharaf for planting nonsense government in result of NRO. They did nothing to improve situation in Pakistan.Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Chilli : Before Pervez Musharaf’s govt in Pakistan, was it all honky dory in Pakistan??? Why blame only him. Start from Aug 1947 and blame all your govts and people.Recommend

  • Santosh
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:30PM

    Pakistan often tries to deny its South Asian roots. Claiming lineage from the source of its religion instead. However there is a reference in the old stories from the Vedas and Upanashidas for this.
    The template goes something like this. A sage, scholar, or an intellectual of sorts gets into a situation where he needs harm done to someone. He starts a Yagna, a fire based sacrifice and out of the sacrifice creates a Rakshasha, a demon to destroy his enemy. In all these stories, the Rakshasha always gets out of control and harms either its creator or his family and loved ones.
    People from ancient times have known and tried to warn others about creating such demons.
    Most creators of such demons always believe that they are in control.
    Yet time and again these demons land up doing more harm to their creators.
    Had Pakistan paid more attention to the knowledge of its ancestors, they would not be in the position they are today.
    Its never too late to right wrongs. You need to start though, and do that by accepting there is a problem.Recommend

  • indian guy
    Jun 5, 2011 - 1:57PM

    @ M.Akthar

    This 35,000 figure floating around is a total fake. This figure is an exaggeration. Does it mean every day 12 people die of terrorist violence everyday?

    Even if it is true, Pakistan sold itself to USA for hand-outs. Musharraf made a deal with Bush and sold the country to USA. By doing so, he turned against the people he himself help develop, ie Taliban and Al-Qaida. You guys worship Musharraf, right?

    The whose mistake is it that you guys are in this position?Recommend

  • N.S
    Jun 5, 2011 - 2:01PM

    Pakistan is taking taste of food of plant which it planted to destablise India.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Jun 5, 2011 - 10:08PM

    Pakistan was a model state until the Soviet Union came in Afghanistan, late 80s. Things can change, like India was a failed state as per Western politologues in these same late 80s, because it couldn’t do anything with it’s insurgencies (Khalistan, Naxalites, …) India made a new policy in the 90s. -> Pakistan just needs good leaders.
    That’s why it is what it is: mythology. :PRecommend

  • adnan
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:36AM

    Is it Matni or Matangi?Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jun 6, 2011 - 1:28AM

    Please stop criticizing the army. It is too hot in May, June and July in the Waziristan area. We would have better chance to fight against the terrorists when the weather gets better. In the meantime bloody civilians have to deal with the terrorists. Sorry but DHA, Clubs, golf courses is a lot better and safer place for us right now. The civilian score is not high enough for us to justify our salaries and perks. Recommend

  • vasan
    Jun 6, 2011 - 6:52AM

    Arslan : That is precisely we need for Pakistan ie to get good leaders and good policies benefiting the people of Pakistan and not violent policies for Pakistan’s own benefit and its neighbours benefit.Recommend

  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Jun 6, 2011 - 12:18PM

    It is Matani, I have already pointed out this but ET is not listeningRecommend

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