Pakistan bus bomb kills at least 18

A bomb exploded on a bus carrying government employees in restive northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people and wounding nearly 50 others, officials said.

By (AFP)

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Published: Fri 27 Sep 2013, 3:53 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 4:46 PM

The incident happened in Peshawar, the main city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which has been hit by numerous bomb and gun attacks blamed on Taleban insurgents in recent years.

“The bomb was planted inside the bus. At the moment, the death of 17 people have been confirmed while 47 were wounded,” Zahirul Islam, deputy commissioner of Peshawar, said.

Senior police official Rahim Shah confirmed that the bomb was planted inside the passenger bus, which was taking government staff home to the town of Charsadda after work.

Nine dead bodies have been taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar while eight bodies have been taken to a government hospital in Charsadda.

The target was government employees, Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, the commissioner of Peshawar, told AFP.

Peshawar lies close to Pakistan’s lawless tribal districts along the Afghan border, which are a haven for Taleban and Al Qaeda linked militants.

On Sunday a double suicide bombing at a church in the city killed 82 people in an attack that shocked even Pakistan.

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