Blast in Peshawar: Death toll reaches 6

Published: September 20, 2011
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A damaged motorbike smokes at the scene of a remote detonated bomb in Nishterabad area of Peshawar on Monday night. PHOTO: IQBAL HAIDER/EXPRESS

A damaged motorbike smokes at the scene of a remote detonated bomb in Nishterabad area of Peshawar on Monday night. PHOTO: IQBAL HAIDER/EXPRESS

Rescue workers try to organise an attempt to extinguish burning shops after a bomb blast in Peshawar on Monday night. PHOTO: AFP
Fire fighters try to put out a blaze which started after a blast at a CDs market in Peshawar on Monday night. 20 shops were gutted in the fire following the powerful blast in Nishterabad area of Peshawar. PHOTO: IQBAL HAIDER/EXPRESS A damaged motorbike smokes at the scene of a remote detonated bomb in Nishterabad area of Peshawar on Monday night. PHOTO: IQBAL HAIDER/EXPRESS
PESHAWAR: 

The death toll from the remote-controlled blast that occured in the Nishterabad area of Peshawar on Monday reached six, while an FIR has been filed against unidentified assailants, reported Express 24/7.

A spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital confirmed the death toll.

At least 11 people, out of 30 wounded in the blast, are still under treatment at the hospital.

The debris of 20 shops was also cleared; however, most of the shops in the area remained closed.

Updated from print version (below)

Militancy: 5 killed in blast at Peshawar’s CD market

At least five people were killed and over two dozen injured in a bomb explosion targeting a market selling CDs in Peshawar on Monday.

The market is situated in Nishtarabad Chowk, a thickly-populated area close to the Grand Trunk Road in the centre of the city.

Medics at Peshawar’s largest Lady Reading Hospital said that they have received five bodies and 30 wounded people from the blast site. They added that there was one woman among the dead.

Bashir Bilour, senior minister in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa cabinet, confirmed the death toll and told AFP at the hospital that police had informed him that the bomb was probably planted on a motorcycle.

(Read: Bomb threat – As terrorism threats rise, so do security measures in Peshawar)

A Bomb Disposal Unit official told The Express Tribune that it was an improvised explosive device (IED) weighing eight to ten kilograms. The bomb was attached to a motorcycle and was detonated remotely. “A large number of ball bearings were also used in the bomb to kill maximum number of people,” he added.

“The bomb was strapped to a motorbike and detonated with a remote control,” Senior Superintendent of Police Ijaz Ahmed told The Express Tribune. “The target was the CD market,” he added.

Ahmed told AFP that the blast damaged 30 shops with 20 of the shops completely destroyed. The blast triggered a fire on Sidiq General Store which was gutted.

Jalalud Din, a lawyer who received head injuries from the blast, said he was shopping in the area when the blast took place.

“There was a huge blast as I was buying candies for my kids. I lost consciousness after my head struck a wall,” Din told The Express Tribune.

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but Taliban militants have bombed music shops in several cities and towns in the past, saying there is no room for music in Islam.

With around 300 shops, Nishtarabad is the largest market of audio and video CDs in the province. Earlier this market was bombed on October 9, 2007. There were no fatalities from that blast.

(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune, September 20th,  2011.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • mariam.b
    Sep 19, 2011 - 9:56PM

    Shame

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  • Maulana Diesel
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:08PM

    May the wrath of God be on the Taliban

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  • Maryam
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:32PM

    And then the adherents of strategic depth policy (Imran Khan’s PTI and likes) claim that Taliban uprising is basically a Pushtun Ethnic Uprising. Could not understand why a Pukthun Uprising will target Pushto Video Shops in Peshawar and why will they target Pukhtuns?

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  • epicurus
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:39PM

    will the bloodlust of the pious ever abate?

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  • ishtiaer hussain
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:46PM

    Do you think that Imran khan and Minawar Hassan of Jumat-e-Islami would take time out of their busy schedule to condemn terrorists for their barbaric crimes? Will they hold a small rally anywhere in Pakistan to condemn the Taliban and sectarian killers? Their answer will be:” these killings and terrorism are perpetrated by CIA, RAW and Mossad. Taliban and sectarian activists are truly faithful and pious muslims. They can’t even think of doing such horrendous things.”
    They are providing political support to terrorists and mislead the people about our real enemy. They deflect the attention of public and media away from Taliban (who are real terrorists) to the imaginery threats (CIA, Mossad, RAW etc). That’s the reason why we have so far failed to develop decisive consensus against the real terrorists.

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  • Sep 19, 2011 - 10:47PM

    Amreeka, Bharaat, Israel, foreign hand, third hand, disgruntled nationalists? Take your pick!! No responsibility! Pakistani citizens are dying left, right and center, and the only thing everyone in this country is concerned about is looking at America in the eye!! We should all change our last names to Haqqani or Masud or soemthing, thats seem to be the only people that enjoy the states protection.

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  • Cautious
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:48PM

    The Taliban have been known to attack CD markets in the past.
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    But are those the good Pakistani Taliban or the good Afghan Taliban – or are they the bad Pakistani Taliban or the bad Afghan Taliban? It’s hard for the outside World to figure out the alphabet soup of militants than roam Pakistan – maybe you should consider getting rid of all of them – should make the World (including Pakistan) safer.

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  • Akthar
    Sep 19, 2011 - 10:49PM

    Again. Daily Bomb Blasts. & the easiest scapegoat to blame is the Taliban. Why not SSP, LeJ, LeT, JeM?

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  • Naveeda Shaikh
    Sep 19, 2011 - 11:03PM

    R.I.P. to the dead.

    May the wrath of God be on the Taliban.

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 12:44AM

    shame on those who still do not come out and condemn these barbaric acts of the terrorists taliban. Peshawar and Pashtoons, like for centuries, will survive but these fanatics won’t.

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  • A Warning Giver
    Sep 20, 2011 - 2:01AM

    It could be a job of an individual who was failed in the economic struggle of life.

    That individual might also have problems with the happy life styles and porno graphic pirated CDs which are being sold to under age young people of Pakistan.

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  • Doctor
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:10AM

    Why must ET block comments which show that Imran Khan and the PTI refuse to stop sympathizing with these animals?

    Let’s be honest, PTI/Imran Khan-types are the ruin of our beloved Pakistan. Please stop censoring comments which call a spade a spade – Imran Khan refuses to recognize that there is no such thing as “good” Taliban. They are all bad!

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  • Straight Fire
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:11AM

    When there is Justice …. there is no stopping

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  • Get Smart
    Sep 20, 2011 - 9:46AM

    All you trolls – not the Indian ones, only the Pakistani ones . . .please become a little more farsighted. All these attacks on the nation of Pakistan seem way bigger than the capacity of these rag tag Talibans. The Talibans may be used as a fake puppet front. These attacks are very well organised and targetted and seem to be very heavily funded to keep it going and expanding . . those bombs and weapons are quite expensive especially in these bad economic times when the public is struggling and barely surviving. So, who could this secret organisation be that has set aside a huge arms and ammunation budget to kill the humanity in Pakistan??? It has to be a foreign country that has historically wanted Pakistan’s destruction . . . . who else . . . The military should also check where the majority of those weapons are made in and how are they making their way into Pakistan. Are these so called trucks and buses bringing them across the borders and going undetected . . . . Pakistan needs to get to work and need to Get SmartRecommend

  • ajay
    Sep 20, 2011 - 10:40AM

    Pakistan needs help! Pakistan army & politicians (in full support of people) first make their mind absolutely clear that they need help to clean their country from all sort of terrorist and to rebuild there country. Entire world is there with them to provide assistance. Ordinary people are suffering most because of terrorism & natural perils. The early army and politicians decide and take swift action the better it is for everyone. Any delay is going to be worst.

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  • Sep 20, 2011 - 10:52AM

    @Akthar: ‘Why not (blame) SSP, LeJ, LeT, JeM?’

    Because all of the above entities are active in Punjab and to some extent in Karachi. In KP, Taliban rule the roost when it comes to terrorism. Our muslim brethren of faith will make pious muslims of us all no matter what it takes.

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  • Khan
    Sep 20, 2011 - 12:53PM

    @Get Smart:
    Are you asking where are they getting these weapons from? I am from KP and know my area very well .. I hope you have heard about Darra Adam Khel etc and what the area was famous for all along ever since GOD fearing Gen Zia decided to throw us to the wolves …You can check some videos on Youtube for D.A.K bazar to have some insight, their only business was to make guns etc illegally in those markets and no one wanted to stop them because every one was busy in their luxurious life from Generals and Law enforcement agencies to Politicians.
    But still lets pause for a second and think its “foreign hand”, Then what is our government doing to protect us? Please tell us a few steps they have taken for our protection … I live abroad now and went to Peshawar after many years I didn’t see any measures taken by govt to protect the ‘front line city’ caught in this mess, apart from group of policemen here and there, holding torches at night and waving it at every vehicle passing by, GOD knows for what purpose (may be looking for E.Ts & Aliens?), No CCTVs, No detectors and No Scanners are installed and No expulsion of foreigners living in our cites from decades and No overhaul of education system. So that’s the level of professionalism of our beloved politicians, government and police et al. Why can’t they seal/fence the border completely? Why can’t get rid of their sympathizers & hypocrites like Qazi and Sami etc And when our people are dieing anyways then Why not get rid of these beasts living openly and making groups like Haqqanis, SSP, JeT, and others like minded groups.
    In Sri Lanka people thought the Tamils were supported by hidden foreign hands too .. but instead of pointing fingers at India etc their government went and uprooted the Tamils … So why not get rid of these groups that some people think are supported by India, USA, and Aliens.

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  • R S JOHAR
    Sep 20, 2011 - 1:36PM

    The state machinery especially military has failed to control militancy in Pakistan. TTP is openly claiming to have carried out each and every attack for many months now but hardly any action appears to be taken against this organisation. Where is Pakistan headed for, only God knows.Recommend

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