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Pakistan blames Taliban for deadly car bomb attack

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Feb 23, IRNA -- Police in the northwest Pakistan blamed Taliban militants for the deadly car bomb attack which killed at least 12 people and injured over 32.

The explosives-packed car ripped through a crowded bus station near Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The city police chief Imtiaz Altaf confirmed that 10 people were killed and nearly 30 others were injured. He said that all those killed and injured were civilians.

Officials of the bomb disposal squad said that around 40 kilograms of explosives were used for the blast.

The police chief and witnesses said that dozens of coaches and other vehicles were also destroyed in the blast.

Doctors said that two children were among the dead. They said that women and children were also among the injured.

Although no group has claimed responsibility for the blast, Alam said that Taliban militants are behind the attack and it could be a reaction to the military operation against the militants in Khyber tribal region.

“It is a coward act as innocent civilians were targeted in the blast,” Altaf said.

The city police chief said that terrorist attacks are expected any time as the government’s war against armed militants continue.

Residents said that the blast was so powerful that it was heard in Peshawar area.

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Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80002304



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