A car bomb exploded in a congested marketplace in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday killing at least 10 people and wounding 70 others, some of them seriously, a minister said.
“Ten people were killed and 70 others were injured in the car bomb blast,” provincial information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said.
“It could be a reaction (to the) Swat operation and culprits will be punished at any cost,” he said referring to an ongoing military offensive against Taliban militants in the northwestern valley.
More than 10 cars and other vehicles parked on the road were also badly damaged.
The blast was very loud and was heard in many parts of Peshawar, the capital of North West Frontier Province, which borders Afghanistan, residents said. “Up to 65 kilograms (120 pounds) of explosives were used in the car bomb,” bomb disposal squad chief Shafqat Malik said. Another police official said the bombers had intended to hit the movie theatre.