Peshawar bomb kills at least 16 on bus for Pakistani government officials

March 16, 2016

At least 16 people have been killed and dozens wounded when a bomb ripped through a bus carrying Pakistan government workers through one of the main commercial markets of Peshawar.

Police said explosives hidden inside a toolbox in the vehicle had apparently been detonated remotely. The privately hired bus brings government employees each day from the neighbouring city of Mardan to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Television pictures showed a badly mangled bus with debris scattered by the explosion. Although windows of nearby buildings were smashed, no bystanders were reported hurt. Police superintendent Kashif Zulfiqar said the fact the strike was in the early morning ensured casualties were lower than they might have been.



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