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CD shop blown up in Pakistan

A powerful explosion rocks Peshawar city and blows up a CD shop creating panic.

world Updated: Nov 07, 2007 17:42 IST

The powerful explosion at Friends Videos, the CD shop, completely destroyed the shop and created panic in the area late on Tuesday night. The blast, the first of its kind in the area, was likely to have been triggered by a bomb,

The Post

newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The explosion took place around midnight, an hour after the owner had shut shop.

Shani, the shopowner, told police he had not received any threats like other CD shop owners in other parts of the North West Frontier Province. CDs and cassettes worth over Rs two lakh were destroyed in the blast.

"The blast was so powerful that we felt a tremor in the house," a resident of the area told The Post.

Superintendent of Police Ijaz Khan said the explosion was caused by a dynamite and was aimed at terrorising residents.

At least two more CD shops were blown up at Mardan in Kuta Kut Valley on Tuesday. No loss of life was reported in the blasts.

Islamic militancy has been spilling over from the nearby tribal areas into the province.

At least two girls' schools were destroyed last month in bomb blasts in the tribal region where militants consider female education un-Islamic.

Violence has escalated in the northwest, including the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, since an army raid at a pro-Taliban mosque in the capital Islamabad in July left at least 100 people dead.