A car bomb ripped through a crowded market in northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar today killing atleast 10 people and wounding over 30, hours after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad on her maiden official visit.
The powerful explosion occurred in the congested Peepal Mandi area of Peshawar shortly after 1 pm and the sound was so loud it was heard across the city, witnesses said.
A reporter of Dawn News channel said he had seen at least 10 charred and mutilated bodies being pulled out of the rubble of buildings that collapsed.
Officials said over 30 people were injured in the attack.
The blast sparked a major fire and white smoke billowed over the market.
More than a dozen shops and several cars were gutted in the blaze.
Footage on television showed two rows of shops on either side of a narrow road going up in flames and collapsing.
Residents of the area used their hands to dig through the rubble of a collapsed building at the end a narrow lane to pull out the dead and injured.
Witnesses said they feared more people could be buried under the debris.
The blaze hampered rescue efforts and fire fighters battled for almost an hour to bring the flames under control.