At least 18 killed, over 40 injured in bombing that targeted government officials.
At least 18 people, including two women, were killed and over 40 injured after a bomb exploded on a bus in Peshawar shortly before Friday prayers.
Peshawar Commissioner Sahibzada Muhammad Anees told journalists that 18 deaths had been confirmed in the bombing. “Some of the injured are in critical condition,” Zaheer Ul Islam, deputy commissioner of Peshawar, added. The injured and dead have been taken to the nearby Charsadda hospital, he said, while the critically injured have been shifted to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the bomb was planted inside a bus transporting government employees from the provincial secretariat to Harichand town in Charsadda district. Shortly after the blast, police cordoned off the area and started investigating the nature of the blast.
“It was a remote controlled blast and the explosives were placed at the back of the bus,” senior police official Nasir Durrani told journalists. “About six kilograms of explosives were used in the bomb,” he added.
Nobody has claimed responsibility for the blast yet, but the Pakistani Taliban have claimed recently that they will continue targeting government functionaries until a unilateral ceasefire is declared.