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PESHAWAR: At least ten people were killed and more than 60 injured Thursday evening when a bomb exploded at a religious centre in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

Eyewitnesses said the bomb exploded at Tablighi Markaz on Pajaggi Road run by the Tableeghi Jamaat, just before Maghrib prayers. Around a thousand people were gathered at the seminary for a Shab-i-Juma (Thursday) congregation when the bomb ripped through the centre, according to reports.

Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousufzai confirmed the number of casualties. “Eight people have died and 67 wounded,” he said.

Shafqat Malik, a senior official of the bomb disposal squad, said the bomb was planted inside a canister of ghee (cooking oil). “Around five kilograms of explosive material was used in the blast, which was detonated through a timed device,” he said.

An intelligence official, however, said the bomb had been brought in a sleeping-bag, and was “meant to be planted somewhere else but exploded.”

Two more bombs diffused at blast site

Meanwhile, two more bombs in suspicious bags in Peshawar’s Tablighi Centre were defused by the bomb disposal squad by applying water charge.

The suspected explosives were placed on the second floor of the mosque where an earlier explosion had left eight people dead and 67 others injured.

AIG Shafqat Malik told that the bombs weighed at least five kilograms each and were placed in vegetable oil tins fitted with time devices.

Bomb defused in Nowshera

Meanwhile, bomb disposal experts defused a bomb planted outside a Tablighi Markaz mosque in Nowshera, around the same time the bomb exploded in the Peshawar.

According to officials of the bomb disposal squad, a bomb weighing five kilograms was planted outside the main gate of the mosque.

Police spokesman Turk Ali Shah said bomb was similarly planted in a canister of ghee.

The bomb was defused just before Maghrib prayers, around same time the Peshawar bomb exploded. A Shab-i-Juma congregation was also scheduled to take place at the Nowshera religious centre.

This is not the first time that a religious centre of the Tableeghi Jamaat has been targeted.

In January 2012, at least 22 people were killed in a blast at a Tableeghi centre in the once militants’ infested district of Swat.

TTP distances itself from the attack

The Pakistani Taliban, whose new leader Mullah Fazlullah called for an end to attacks on civilians at the end of last year, sought to distance itself from the attack.

Fazlullah has vowed to attack only government and security officials.

“The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) strongly deny such inhuman activities,” Shahidullah Shahid, a Taliban spokesman, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location– Reuters

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Dr.Sohaib Rana
Jan 16, 2014 07:10pm

INNALILLAHI WA"INNAA ILAIHI RAJIOON...... No Muslim can do this.....

Jan 16, 2014 07:13pm

My Heart felt condolences to the families of the deceased. Wishing the injured a speedy recovery.

Amir Bangash
Jan 16, 2014 07:34pm

An other sad incident. May Allah except their Shahadat and grant them Janah. It is not known as to how long the blood shed of innocent people will continue.

Jan 16, 2014 09:00pm

Would Jamat islami and PTI condemn Taliban and come out to fight them???

Jan 16, 2014 09:46pm

You do what ever you like, we offer peace talk to you. You kill as many peoples as you like, we offer peace talk to you. What is this senseless theory one fail to understand. Merte Raho Aur paida Ho Ja -O Ge

Jan 16, 2014 11:34pm

First and foremost, we send our condolences to the victims

Zeeshan Ahmed
Jan 17, 2014 12:08am

It is indeed a sad state of affairs that even the Tableeghji jamaat are being attacked, a group known for it's passive and compassionate approach to Islam, with no political or militant activities. I weep for my home country.

amjad astori
Jan 17, 2014 12:18am

The Heinous blast on peaceful gathering is really,Regrettable.. our sympathies r with the victims of blast..RIP #SahudahofTableegijamaat

Jan 17, 2014 12:20am

I guess, it's becoming a game of tic for tac.

hamid ali tabatabai
Jan 17, 2014 12:36am

Taliban is responsible for killing innocent men, women and children. They should never be trusted with their word.

Jan 17, 2014 12:45am

Tableeghis are not what they try to portray. I always disliked them and used to argue with them that why Tableeghis always go to actressess/actors, singers and cricketers for tableegh and no tableegh to Taliban for not using suicide kids to blow thousands of innonects. In my opionion, this bomb blast at Tableeghi markaz was not an attack, but I suspect that Tableeghies were either making a bomb or letting Taliban make a bomb at their markaz and the bomb went off accidently

Jan 17, 2014 12:45am

As the saying goes, "Sau choohay kha ke billi chali Hajj ko?".. TTP is distancing itself from this attack and calling it in their words..

Aam admi
Jan 17, 2014 08:54am

Shahid describes this one as "inhuman". Does this mean others are human and acceptable? Obviously neem mulla khatra e iman!

Jan 17, 2014 09:21am

The Taliban spokesman strongly "denied" such "inhuman" activities as if they are promoting humanism!

Jan 17, 2014 10:17am

It was not Americans either....

It was people from a country which sadly Pakistan trusts.

Jan 17, 2014 01:18pm

When it comes to bombing tableeghi jamat, its considered an inhumane act, so all other targets are not human? According to taliban dictionary. Any moderate or non tableeghi is considered a ligitimate target. The spokesman for taliban has abosultely no shame. They are happy to distance themselves from bombing tableeghis but happy to take credit when they bomb other people in mosques, schools , churches and bazars women children all included. What kind of bloody hypocrites are these talibans.

Jan 17, 2014 03:47pm

"Experts of bomb disposal squad" without any protective gear !!! The Pakistanis sure have guts.

Jan 19, 2014 09:28pm

Isn't it funny? If a Drone kills a murderer like Hakimullah Mehsud every gets in to a tizzy and starts beating their breasts and rending garments. All politicians jump in and condemn it as a peace breaker. When Tablighi Jamat is attacked politicians are quiet. When a murderer or a terrorist group kills innocent civilians, I guess, it is not a horrible act. Only when a Drone kills a terrorist, it is.