Friday, December 5, 2008
At least 16 people have been killed and 75 wounded in a bomb blast at a market in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, say police.
The explosion occurred near a Shi’ite assembly hall in a congested part of the city.
One building had collapsed in flames, while half a dozen others are badly damaged and on fire.
“It was a bomb. The number of casualties is very high. People are still trapped under the rubble,” senior police official Kashif Alam said.
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Another senior police officer in the neighbourhood, Mohammad Gul, said at least 16 people had been killed.
Witnesses said the blast appeared to have been caused by a car bomb.
It knocked out power supplies in the street and rescue workers were hampered by a throng of angry and wailing people.
This article was posted: Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:10 am