Bomb blast kills five in Nowshera

ISLAMABAD - At least five people were killed and more than 20 others injured in a bomb blast on Sunday near a shrine in Nowshera town of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

By (Agencies)

Published: Mon 29 Oct 2012, 9:35 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 1:30 PM

The explosion took place near the main gate of Kaka Saheb shrine in the city while people were visiting it on the second day of Eid Al Adha.

A remote-controlled bomb was planted on a bicycle in front of the main gate of the shrine, police said.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik condemned the blast.

According to local media, the injured people were facing problem since most of the doctors remained off-duty due to holidays.

“It was a bomb explosion, which killed five people and wounded more than 20 others,” senior local police official Hussain Khan said.

The shrine itself did not sustain major damage.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, provincial information minister, also confirmed the incident and casualties. He said: “According to our initial information it was a remote-controlled bomb but we are waiting for a final report from the bomb disposal officials.”

The shrine houses the grave of a famous Pashtun Sufi saint Kasteer Gul, who is known as Kaka Saheb.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Taleban and Al Qaeda linked militants have frequently targeted shrines as part of a five-year insurgency concentrated in the northwest.

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