PESHAWAR: At least 19 people were killed and 44 others sustained injuries in an explosion inside a van on Charsadda Road, Peshawar, Express News reported on Friday.
The attack targeted a bus of Civil Secretariat employees that was carrying around 30-40 people.
The bomb was placed in the back of the bus.
Police and rescue officials reached the area shortly after the blast, and the injured were taken to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) and Charsadda District Headquarters Hospital.
Emergency was declared in LRH after the blast. The injured were shifted to the hospitals in private cars and ambulances.
According to the bomb disposal squad (BDS), the bomb contained around six to seven kilogrammes of explosive material and had a timed device attached to it.
The explosion was so intense that it threw the bus far from the blast site.
Despite police presence in the area, bus parts and other key material was not immediately collected for investigation, and locals were seen making away with evidence.
Peshawar has been a target of militant attacks for the past decade.
On September 22, a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar, killing at least 81 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the country.
Last year in June, 19 people were killed and 20 injured in a bomb attack on a Civil Secretariat bus.
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