Car bomb follows airport attack in Pakistan

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
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  • Updated: Dec 18, 2012 12:02 IST

Within a day of attacking the Peshawar airport which left 16 dead, militants planted a car bomb in a busy market in the troubled Khyber Pakhtoonwa province on Monday, killing 19 and injuring 70.

The bomb exploded in Jamrud, close to the Afghan border. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the airport attack, saying that its target was the adjoining air force base. They are still to comment on Monday’s attack but officials say that this was also their handiwork.

In Monday’s attack, police said the target of the attackers, who placed a bomb in a standing vehicle, was the general public and not a government installation, as is usually the case.

Meanwhile, flights resumed on Sunday afternoon at the Peshawar airport as the military conducted a mop-up operations in the area. Five Uzbek militants, who fled the deadly Taliban raid on Peshawar airport and took refuge in a nearby village, were killed as police backed by army commandos launched a raid early Sunday to clear an under-construction building where the militants were holed up.

 

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