At least three killed in Pakistan blast
At least three persons were killed and over a dozen others were injured when a car bombing on a busy road in Peshawar, the capital city of Pakistan's volatiile North-West Frontier Province (NWFP), Saturday. Immediately after the blast, a commercial building on University Road caught which later also engulfed some adjacent buildings. Several persons were reportedly trapped in the fire.
PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed and 14 others injured in a blast near a restaurant on University Road in Peshawar’s area of Tehkal, Geo News quoted police sources as saying Saturday.
Talking to Geo News, District Coordination Officer Peshawar Sahibzada Muhammad Anis confirmed at least two people were killed in the blast and that blast was a car bomb blast.
The deceased include a woman.
The relief teams including Fire Brigade and police and ambulances arrived on the spot. The injured have been being rushed to Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital; of them, one injured is in critical condition.
Soon after the blast, the United Plaza building and adjoining buildings caught fire. The firefighters extinguished the fire. According to NWFP IG Malik Naveed, all the trapped people in the building have been evacuated.
The University Road area is a commercial site, where many offices including those of lawyers and custom agencies and handicraft shops are situated at this plaza.
Police put security cordon around the blast site. The Jamrood Road, known as University Road has been blocked for traffic.
It should be mentioned that Afghan refugees are residing in the area.
According to eyewitnesses, a suspected car, which was parked there for a long time, blew up with a loud explosion. Afterwards, some low intensity blasts were also heard. The blast harmed the nearby buildings and vehicles.
It is second bombing in Pakistan in as many days as, 40 persons, including six senior army officers and 17 children, were killed when eight terrorists stormed a mosque inside a residentail compound of military in garrison city of Rawalpindi during midday prayers on Friday. Besides detonating a suicide vest, the attackers also hurled hand grenades on worshippers and resorted to indiscriminate firing. Three of the attackers were reportedly gunned down by the security personnel and one of them launched suicide attack while the rest managed to escape from the scene.