12 killed, over 100 injured in Peshawar blasts
At least 12 people have been killed and over 100 injured in four separate attacks in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan. In the wrong place at the wrong timeworld Updated: May 29, 2009 08:33 IST
At least 12 people have been killed and over 100 injured in four separate attacks in the Pakistani cities of Peshawar and Dera Ismail Khan. In the wrong place at wrong time
Six were killed and about 70 injured when two bombs exploded at a busy market, police said.
Shortly after, a suicide bomber attacked a military checkpoint on the city outskirts, killing four soldiers.
It was followed by a fourth blast targeting a police checkpoint in Dera Ismail Khan, a city about 300 km south of the northwest capital Peshawar, killing two people and wounding at least nine.
The attacks came hours after Pakistani Taliban warned of further violence following a gun and bomb attack in Lahore which killed at least 30 people.
Earlier, bombs tore through Peshawar killing ten people on Thursday.
Three explosions wounded more than 100 people in Peshawar, as fears grew of mounting militant revenge for a punishing, month-long military assault against Islamist extremists across three northwest districts.
In the first attacks, devices planted in two motorcycles exploded in quick succession in crowded market places, sending smoke spewing into the air and gutting dozens of shops, said senior police investigator Shafqat Malik.
Running gun battles then broke out between police and insurgents in the northwest’s biggest city, with two suspects shot dead and two arrested, provincial police chief Malik Mohammad Navid told reporters.