[Photo: Blast in Peshawar. The News]
PESHAWAR, (AFP & Dawn): Twin blasts near the Qissa Khawani market in Peshawar on Sunday killed 31 people and wounded more than 70 others, DawnNews reported.
The blasts, which took place at 11am in the morning, set at least eight shops and surrounding vehicles aflame. The first blast was relatively smaller, and has been likened to a hand grenade. The second was much stronger and more destructive.
According to AIG Bomb Disposal Unit Shafkat Malik, 200 kilogram worth of explosives were used in a car parked inside the market. He added that the blast was done via remote control.
There was terror amongst the people in the area, who were helping each other out.
The wounded were initially being shifted to the hospital by the people in the area. They also included women and children.
According to a correspondent, five to six women who had been in the market with their children were completely burned as a result. He also added that no security had been present in the area at the time of the blast.
Provincial Information Minister Shaukat Yusufzai stated that the Peshawar Police Station was the main target of the two blasts.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also condemned the blast as an act of terror.
“We have been fighting terrorists for a long time, and are fully prepared to go to war against them,” said Commissioner Peshawar in a statement after the blast.
An emergency was declared in Lady Reading Hospital after the blast.
A heavy infiltration of security forces and rescue teams was dispatched to the area.
The people in the area were terror-struck, which caused hinderance in the security forces’ efforts to get them to evacuate.
The blasts took place exactly a week after twin sucide attacks in a church in Peshawar claimed 80 lives. This is the third attack in Peshawar in a week.