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Suicide car bombings kill 16 in Pak

world Updated: Sep 27, 2009 02:23 IST
Kamal Siddiqi
Kamal Siddiqi
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Sixteen people were killed and 150 injured when two separate suicide car bombings rocked Pakistan’s volatile northwestern region.

The first attack took place in the carpark of a commercial building close to a military hospital in Peshawar.

A suicide bomber sitting in an explosives-laden car threw a hand-grenade towards a crowd of people before detonating about 100 kg of explosives in the vehicle.

Ten people were killed and 79 wounded.

Provincial information minister Iftikharuddin blamed Taliban for the attack. He said the government had feared such attacks following the military action. “But we will not be deterred as we have broken the backs of the militants,” he told a press conference in Peshawar.

A suicide blast also hit a police station in the province’s Bannu district earlier on Saturday, killing at least six people and wounding 71 others, police said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.

Bannu is the gateway to North Waziristan, a volatile tribal region on the Afghan border and a major sanctuary for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants fighting both in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The latest strikes came two days after the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan said it was ready to stage more suicide attacks in the region after it was ousted from the Swat Valley in July by an army offensive.