15 killed in Peshawar bus explosion in Pakistan

Peshawar (PTI): A powerful bomb ripped through a bus carrying government employees in Pakistan’s Peshawar city today, killing at least 15 people and injuring 30 others.

The blast took place as a bomb placed inside the bus exploded when the vehicle packed with government employees reached Peshawar from Mardan.


The bomb exploded when the private bus was on Sunehri Masjid Road as it was taking civil secretariat employees for duty.

At least 15 people were killed in the blast targeting the bus carrying government officials, SSP operations Peshawar Abbas Majeed Marwat said.

He said about 50 people were on board the bus at the time of the explosion.
Two women and a child were among the dead. At least 30 people were injured in the blast.

SP Cantt Kashif Zulfiqar said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) planted inside the bus. About 8 kg of explosives were used in blast.

The injured were shifted to Lady reading hospital. The condition of a majority of those injured was stated to be critical. Eight of the injured were admitted in ICU.

The security forces and police cardoned off the entire area and started a search operation.

Fear and panic spread among residents in the wake of the explosion.
“The top part of the bus has blown off and is being cut to pull out the injured,” an eye witness was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

Peshawar has seen scores of attacks on civilians as well as law enforcement personnel in the past.

The city is also the home to the XI Corps, an administrative corp of the Pakistan Army, which manages all military activity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is currently engaged in a full-blown operation against militants in North Waziristan.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack in Peshawar. He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the attack.

“These cowardly attacks cannot shatter our unflinching resolve against terrorism,” Sharif said.

Five killed in Pakistan blast

Islamabad, March 16 (IANS) At least five people were killed and 15 injured in a bombing that targeted a bus carrying passengers in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday morning, a media report said.

The blast occurred near Peshawar’s Sunehri Masjid. The severity of the blast is unknown and the toll is expected to rise further, Dawn online reported.

The blast targeted a bus carrying passengers from Mardan city to Peshawar. A TV footage showed the bus was severely damaged and injured people came out of the vehicle.

The area has been cordoned off and injured were transferred to Lady Reading Hospital.

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