Nine killed, 50 injured in Peshawar blast

January 17, 2014 - 7:20:00 am
PESHAWAR: A bomb blast at an Islamic preaching centre in troubled northwest Pakistan yesterday killed nine people and wounded more than 50, officials said.

The explosion took place at a centre run by the hardline Tablighi Jamaat group metres from the military cantonment in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan and has been hit by bombings in recent years.

“The death toll from the blast has gone up to nine,” provincial health minister Shaukat Yousafzai said. “Seven are in critical condition and I fear a rise in the death toll.

“The blast occurred in the centre on Charsadda Road near the cantonment when around 800 people were offering evening prayers,” local police official Ijaz Khan said.

“Around 5kg of explosive material were detonated with a timer device,” bomb disposal squad chief Shafqat Malik said.

Worshippers said there was a huge blast while they were offering prayers and then the electricity went off.

Nadeem Khan, 32, who runs a dried fruit shop, said: “There was a huge explosion on my left side and I fell on the ground.” He said when he regained consciousness, he found himself in a hospital bed. 

Police defused another bomb near a preaching centre in Nowshera city, 30km northeast of Peshawar, officials said. AFP