Bomber kills 10, injures over 68 in Peshawar

Monday, April 29th, 2013 10:27:56 by

A suicide bomber killed at least 10 persons in Peshawar on Monday as there is no let-up in pre-election violence, police and witnesses said.


The bomb targeted a police van on the busy University road also injured over 60 others, they said.


Two Afghan consulate employees were among those killed in the attack.


The bomb exploded shortly after an election candidate, Haider Khan and a senior government official, passed the area. It was not clear if the candidate and Commissioner Sahibzada Anis were the apparent target.


The candidate for the National Assembly seat, who survived the attack, belongs to Jamaat-e-Islami.


The injured were shifted to the city’s main Khyber Teaching Hospital. Several injured were registered critical.


Several vehicles were damaged and traffic was blocked on the road, affecting a large number of people and students.


No group claimed responsibility. Taliban militants routinely target security forces and the police.


Pakistan is in the grip of bomb attacks ahead of the May 11 parliamentary elections.


Taliban say they will target three major liberal groups – PPP, ANP and MQM, for what they call ‘secular parties.’


Dozens of people, including political activists, have been killed in targeted bomb attacks in recent days.


Leaders of the three parties will meet in Karachi on Monday to review the situation and chalk out a plan how to secure their gatherings.


The Taliban attacks have crippled campaign of the three parties, whose leaders allege that it is a conspiracy to pave the way for Islamic and right wing parties to reach power.

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