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Pakistan: Blasts kill 11 in Peshawar cinema hall

  • Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times, Islamabad
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2014 01:38 IST

Eleven people were killed when a series of explosions shook a cinema in Peshawar on Tuesday. The blasts come at a time when the much-needed peace talks between the government and the Tehreek-e-Taliban were underway.

One of the grenades blew up the main door, and two more exploded inside the theater as about 80 people were watching a movie called “Yarana”. In the past couple of days, a number of terror attacks have taken place in different parts of the country but the TTP has insisted that it is not behind these attacks and that they were being carried out by those opposed to the peace talks.

Earlier, a suicide attack on a market in Peshawar was claimed to be the work of a chapter of the TTP. But the TTP leadership denied any connection with the leader of the chapter. The explosions at the Shama Cinema in Peshawar, however, is being blamed on the TTP. The cinema was earlier owned by the Bilour family and was famous in the city for showing pornographic movies in the guise of other movies.

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