PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed and around 17 others injured when a bomb exploded on Tuesday evening in Peshawar – the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.
The apparent planted explosive device was detonated near Imamia Colony of Peshawar’s Gulbahar Neighbourhood, said a local police official.
ASP Ismael Kharak told Dawn.com that the device was planted in a motorcycle.
Rescue and security agencies are being dispatched to the blast site.
According to the Bomb Disposal Squad officials about three to four kilograms of explosives was used in the remote controlled blast.
SP City Khalid Hamdani also confirmed that two people have been killed and 15 inured in the blast.
He added that it’s not clear what was the target of the blast, however, it occurred near a Shia Imam Bargah in Imamia Colony.
Chief Executive of the Lady Reading Hospital Dr Arshad Javed told Dawn.com that two people have been killed while 17 injured are being treated at the hospital.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. However, the province has long been plagued by al Qaeda and Taliban linked militancy and the country’s military has staged numerous operations against the insurgents.