No group has claimed responsibility for the attack near a restaurant in the garrison city.
A bomb planted on a motorcycle exploded outside a restaurant in Rawalpindi wounding 16 people, police said on Friday.
“The bomb was apparently planted in a motorcycle. At least 16 people have been injured,” said Abdul Waheed, a police official. Waheed said bomb disposal experts were examining whether the device was timed or detonated by remote control. A second police official confirmed the blast and said that the condition of one of the injured was critical.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb attack. Police officials, requesting anonymity, told Newsweek the owner of the restaurant had received threats in the past and it was likely that the blast was a result of extortion and not militancy.
Since the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) rose up against the Pakistani state in 2007, more than 6,800 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks across the country, according to an AFP tally.