PESHAWAR: At least 42 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a remote controlled bomb blast near Khan Raziq Police Station in Qissa Khawani Bazaar on Peshawar on Sunday. Seven women and four children were also among the killed persons. Explosive material was kept in a car, which was detonated through remote control. Meanwhile Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan spokesman while taking to a private TV channel has condemned the blast, adding that the TTP has no role in this blast.
According to bomb disposal squad AIG Shafqat Malik nearly 225 kilogram explosive material was used in the attack. He said the explosive material was kept in while color corolla car, adding that it was explosive laden vehicle. He said that the blast was carried out through remote control, adding that the suicide bomber was not present in the vehicle. He said the second blast was of cylinder.
According to sources the condition of over 12 persons is critical.
Heavy contingents of the security arrived on the sport after the blast and started the search operation for the arrest of the perpetrators of the attack.
According to eye witnesses two unknown persons parked the vehicle on the site and after 10 minutes of parking the bomb blast was occurred.
The killed include 18 persons of same family who had arrived in Peshawar from Shabqadar to attend the wedding ceremony.
“The blast killed at least 39 people,” the Commissioner Peshawar Sahebzada Muhammad Anis said.
Dr Arshad Javaid, a senior official at Lady Reading Hospital, confirmed the toll and said at least 103 people had been injured. At least 50 shops were either damaged or completely destroyed. Six vehicles and several motorcycles and rickshaws were also destroyed in the blast.
Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yusufzai stated that the Peshawar Police Station was the main target of the two blasts. However, local police officials do not believe the police station was the target of the blasts.
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.
Following the blast, an emergency was declared in Lady Reading Hospital. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The blast took place in Peshawar’s busy market place and close to the church targeted by twin suicide blasts last Sunday.
Fire erupted after the blast and dense smoke engulfed the site, hampering the rescue work. Fire fighters with two fire tenders extinguished the blaze as police and rescue teams shifted the injured to nearby Lady Reading Hospital where emergency was declared.
Meanwhile, President Syed Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has condemned the Peshawar blast which resulted in the deaths of 42 innocent people and injury of over 100 persons.
They have offered condolences with the families of the victims. They directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical facilities to the injured.
Prime minister said “terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions.” The premier said such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists. “Those involved in the killing of innocent people are devoid of humanity and all religions,” he said in comments released by his office. He the terrorist attacks could not weaken the resolve of the government in war against terrorism.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Governor KPK Engineer Shaukatullah, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, CM KP Parvez Khattack, former president and co-chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, JUI-F Amir Mualana Fazalur Rehman, Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Syed Munawar Hassan, Amir Jamaatud Dawa Pakistan Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, ANP chief Asfandyar Wali Khan, MQM chief Altaf Hussain, PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Chairman Senate Nayyar Hussain Bukhari, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and other leaders have also condemned the Peshawar blast.
On Friday, a powerful bomb tore through a bus carrying government employees on the edge of Peshawar city, killing 20 people. Meanwhile 84 persons were killed in twin suicide blasts in a Church of Peshawar on last Sunday and over 150 were injured.