PESHAWAR: Nine people were killed and 50 others injured when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a local hotel frequented mostly by Shias in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday night, said officials.

The incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar.

Police officer Rizwan Khan said that the hotel is frequented mostly by Shias who visit Imambargah Alamdar next door. Most of the dead and wounded were Shias, he added.

The blast came as talks between government negotiators and representatives from the Pakistani Taliban designed to end years of fighting in the northwest were delayed.

Confirming the death toll, Superintendent Police (SP) City Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said it was a suicide attack.

Provincial Health Minister Shaukat Yousufzai earlier told media representatives that eight people were killed and 42 others injured in the suicide bombing. "Six of the dead have been identified," he said.

Shafqat Malik, an officer of Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) said that about six kilos of explosives were used in the blast. He said hands and legs of the suicide bomber have been recovered from the site which were sent for laboratory and DNA tests. He said other forensic evidences have also been collected.

Eyewitness Musadiq Ali told Dawn.com, “I was on the first floor when a huge blast occurred and I fell on the ground.” He said that he rushed to the spot and witnessed scores of people in the “pool of blood.”

Musharraf Hussain from Parachinar, who was on the spot as well, said the blast destroyed three shops and the eating kiosks in front of the Pak Hotel and Imambargah Alamdar inside Qissakhwani Bazaar.

We shifted the injured and dead to the hospital on our own as no rescue worker reached the spot soon after the blast.

Injured in reportedly critical condition were taken to Lady Reading Hospital where an emergency was imposed.

Jamil Shah, media coordinator at LRH confirmed that nine dead bodies and 50 injured have been brought in the hospital. Women and children were among the injured, he said.

Earlier today, Haji Sardar Ali, a prominent Shia leader was shot dead in the city, sparking a protest outside the LRH where his body was taken.

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Fareed
February 4, 2014 9:46 pm

Right away TTP will deny it. So much for Nawaz Sharif's parley with talibans. These type of massacres will continue. Country especially KPK is heading to total break down.

Observer
February 4, 2014 9:51 pm

It's never too late - Start the miliatary operation NOW and save Pakistan! Clean out each and every militant from our land and bring peace. That's the only way forward.

SYEDA SARA BATOOL
February 4, 2014 10:19 pm

for ALLAH,S sake stop shia killing they are also human beings.....

Reza
February 4, 2014 10:27 pm

And our government wants to negotiate with TTP...!

Asif Hussain
February 4, 2014 10:35 pm

Let's reward these Zalimans by meeting with them and rewarding them with the status of equals. When will the PM realize that these animals need to be dealt with in the language they speak.

US CENTCOM
February 4, 2014 10:45 pm

We send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families. We sincerely hope that they will find the strength to deal with this tragedy. We also wish a full and speedy recovery to those who are injured. We stand by the government of Pakistan and support their efforts to negate threat of violence.

Ali Khan DET, United States Central Command

Naseer
February 4, 2014 11:30 pm

We must be talking to the wrong Talibans. The bombs are still exploding and the BAD Talibans are busy blowing themselves in the streets killing innocent people. Lets stop talking to the GOOD Talibans and start killing the BAD Talibans.

Imran
February 4, 2014 11:38 pm

Still want to talk to these animals?

NHM
February 4, 2014 11:56 pm

This is not Jinnah's Pakistan nor do Pakistanis follow Allah's Islam.

Chanpeer
February 5, 2014 1:05 am

Sad news, my all condolences to all people (whether shia, sunni or other) who martyred by the terrorists. Sad to hear that no Govt. or NGO came to help: "We shifted the injured and dead to the hospital on our own as no rescue worker reached the spot soon after the blast." PTI and others in Govt. what are you doing in KP? If you cannot protect the minority just resign!

Concerned Citizen
February 5, 2014 2:20 am

May Allah's curse be upon the people who carried out this act or who helped in any way or who were satisfied when they heard about this act. May Allah's blessings be upon the innocent who are affected by this henious crime.
At the end the injust people will pay for their crimes in more than one ways. This injustice cannot go on for too long.

An observer
February 5, 2014 12:47 pm

Taliban & their affiliates continue their deadly assault on the shia population of Pakistan and the government wants to hold talks with these animals.

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