16 killed in bomb attack in Pakistan
At least 16 people were killed and around 80 injured on Saturday when a suicide attacker rammed his bomb-laden vehicle into a security checkpost in the NW city of Peshawar.world Updated: Sep 07, 2008 00:57 IST
At least 16 people were killed and around 80 injured on Saturday when a suicide attacker rammed his bomb-laden vehicle into a security checkpost in the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Police officials said the incident happened after officers had signalled the attacker to stop. “Sixteen were killed and more than 80 people wounded,” said police officer Mohammad Ashraf.
“An explosive-laden vehicle blew up near the security checkpost. The force of the blast destroyed a nearby market, bringing the building down,” he said.
Police said several people remained buried under debris from buildings rocked by the blast.
Pictures broadcast from the area showed a scene of devastation, with the checkpost flattened.
Eyewitness Ibrahim Khan said people were thrown into the air by the force of the explosion. “It brought down a market and three other buildings adjoining it,” he said, bleeding profusely from his left shoulder.
He said he was facing away from the market when he heard the blast, but he had been hit by shrapnel.