35 killed, over 100 injured in twin blasts in Peshawar of Pakistan

09:46, June 12, 2011      

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People transfer an injured person to a hospital in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan, June 12, 2011. (Xinhua/Saeed Ahmad)

ISLAMABAD, June 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 35 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in a twin blast that ripped through a supermarket in Peshawar of northwest Pakistan late Saturday night, reported local Urdu TV channel Samaa quoting local officials.

According to the local media reports, the twin bomb attack took place at about 23:50 p.m. local time Saturday at the Khyber supermarket of the city.

The first bomb, which, according to police, was fixed to a motorbike and was relatively small in intensity, went off at the market at about 23:40 p.m. local time, injuring three people. As the rescue team rushed to the site, the second bomb, which, again according to police, was a remote-control device, but much bigger in intensity, exploded among the large crowd of people gathering at the site.

Over 20 shops near the blast site were reportedly destroyed. A two-stored hotel was completely destroyed and many people were buried under the debris of the collapsed buildings around the blast site.

Some of the local media offices near the blast site were also damaged and at least one journalist was killed and three media personnel were injured in the explosion.

The huge blast also caused a big fire and at least three burned bodied have been recovered from the fire site.

All the injured people have been shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital, the largest hospital in the city of Peshawar. Hospital sources said that the death toll could further rise as many of the injured were in critical conditions.

Rescue team members said that it could take hours to get out the people buried under the collapsed buildings.

Pakistan Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack shortly following the blasts were reported.

Both Pakistani president and prime minister have strongly condemned the terrorist attack.

Saturday night's twin bomb attack in Peshawar is the most serious of its kind in Pakistan since this Month. Following the killing of the al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden by the U.S. special task forces in Pakistan on May 2, both al-Qaida and Pakistan Taliban have vowed to avenge the death of bin Laden.

Since then Pakistan Taliban have launched a serious of terrorist attacks in the country, including a twin suicide bomb attack at a training center of armed border police forces in Charsadda in northwest Pakistan on May 13, which killed 98 people and injured more than 140 others.

On May 20, a bomb attack was reported in Peshawar. The target was the diplomats of the U.S. consulate in the city. During the attack two U.S. diplomats were injured and several others were killed.

Two days later, on late night of May 22, Pakistan Taliban launched a surprise attack at a naval air base in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi, which killed 13 security personnel, destroyed two U.S.-made P3C Orion surveillance planes and one helicopter.

On May 26, 36 people were killed and over 50 others injured in a suicide blast in Pakistan's northwest city of Hangu. Most of the killed and injured were police.

Local watchers believe more bigger terrorist attacks could follow in the country in the near future.

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Source: Xinhua
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