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Bomb blast in Peshawar Secretariat bus; 17 killed, many injured

27 September, 2013

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PESHAWAR: Seventeen persons including two women were killed and dozens injured when a blast hit the bus carrying Secretariat employees at Charsadda Road in Peshawar before Friday prayers, our sources reported.

According to the initial reports, a Civil Secretariat bus carrying around 70 employees and other passengers was on its way when an explosion occurred near Gulbaila at Charsadda Road.

More than 40 persons were injured while ten succumbed to their injuries initially that later rose to 17. Sources said that casualties are feared to rise.

Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Mohammad Anees confirmed the toll while talking to the media and said that the employees were returning to home after their duty when the unfortunate incident occurred.

Police said the explosion was caused by a bomb planted inside the bus. The bomb disposal squad confirmed that approximately 6-8 kilograms of explosives were placed at the rear of the bus that went off with a blast.

Rescue teams shifted the injured and bodies to Lady Reading Hospital and Charsadda District Headquarter Hospital.

Police reached the blast site and cordoned off the area.

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