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At least 19 govt employees killed in Peshawar explosion

Updated Sep 28, 2013 07:42am


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Volunteers search a destroyed bus after a bomb explosion in Peshawar on September 27, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Volunteers search a destroyed bus after a bomb explosion in Peshawar on September 27, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Volunteers search a destroyed bus after a bomb explosion in Peshawar on September 27, 2013. — Photo by AFP
Volunteers search a destroyed bus after a bomb explosion in Peshawar on September 27, 2013. — Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR: At least 19 people were killed and 42 others injured when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying government employees on Peshawar’s Charsadda Road, DawnNews reported.

Peshawar SSP (operations) Najeeb-ur-Rehman said the bomb planted in the rear portion of the bus went off when it reached Gulbela area, about 15km northwest of Peshawar.

The blast damaged a number of nearby shops and doors and windows of several buildings. Some people working in nearby fields were hit by shrapnels.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG Nasir Durrani told reporters that the bus was taking employees of civil secretariat to their villages in Charsadda district and was targeted by a remotely-detonated bomb.

Durrani further said that it was a planned sabotage activity and the police was assessing the situation.

Bomb Disposal Unit chief AIG Shafqat Malik said the high quality explosives weighing 12 to 15 kilograms had been packed in a bag.

Lady Reading Hospital’s spokesperson Syed Jamil Shah said that 10 bodies and 27 injured had been brought to the hospital where two of the injured died.

The rest of the bodies and the injured were taken to the District Headquarters Hospital in Charsadda. A woman was among the dead. Four of the injured were in critical condition.

Eyewitness said the blast was so powerful it threw victims' bodies clear of the vehicle and onto the roadside.

“The sound of the blast is still ringing in my head, I cannot explain it in words,” Lal Zada, 40, a government employee whose right leg was severely wounded, told AFP.

Lal Zada lost his brother-in-law, also a government employee in the blast.

“All of a sudden, there was a huge explosion. The bus shattered and something hit me in my leg and I fell to the floor. It was horrible,” he said.

Footage showed the back of the bus reduced to a tangle of twisted metal by the force of the explosion.

Horrific scenes were seen in Peshawar's main Lady Reading hospital.

The injured screamed for help in the emergency unit while doctors and medics were seen rushing in and outside the wards, providing medical treatment and wheeling the critically injured to the operating theatre.

The target was government employees, Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, the commissioner of Peshawar, told AFP. The bus was heading to the town of Charsadda when the bomb went off.

Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lies on the edge of Pakistan's tribal areas, labelled by Washington as the main sanctuary for Al Qaeda and Taliban militants in the country. The city has seen frequent attacks by militants in the past few years, with targets ranging from civilians to policemen and other law enforcement personnel.

— With additional reporting by Zahir Shah Sherazi


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jamki Sep 27, 2013 01:37pm

Mr. Imran Khan, still you need Taliban office in Pakistan?? ANP also tried negotiation path but what happened, lost its senior members of party. "They" are here to kill and create anarchy. Negotiation are held with those who do not kill innocent men, women and children

gpr fix Sep 27, 2013 01:53pm

Religion of peace strikes again, and again, and again, since 7th century.

farooq Sep 27, 2013 01:55pm

And still the Govt. and army are sleeping..While Rome burnt(Pakistan is burning)Nero (Pak. govt. top brass) played the fiddle.Dinners,, reeceptions,, travels, ,salutes,ceremonies,awards to businessmen, inaugurations,conventions, expo exhibitions, continue while Pakistan is hit by terrorism.Hit back at enemies of Pakistan with force.Stop sleeping .It is a SIN.

DAWN do print these remarks.

Gladiator007 Sep 27, 2013 02:00pm

Where is IK? it must be a reaction of drones, these poor employees were sitting on the drones hitting tribal areas. huh. IK needs to understand and stop supporting these animals.

Redmax! Sep 27, 2013 02:17pm

Army, FC, Police, & now Civil employees killed, who's left? Let's still talk to them. Right?

dFrustratedindian Sep 27, 2013 02:27pm

Start to think! this is retaliation for the Kashmir attack happened yesterday!!

Mohammad Ilyas Sep 27, 2013 02:52pm

very very sad news,the Charsadda road explosion as well as church attack.May God help our country,Aameen!

Muhammad Taqi Sep 27, 2013 02:54pm

Imran Khan & Nawaz sharif, for heaven sake please wake up from your confusion. Were these government employees flying drones from their secretariat? How much more blood do you need to see to realize that these stupid peace talks are not working!

Sayeed Altaf Hussein Sep 27, 2013 02:55pm

How the hell can a explosion occur on a bus? Road side bomb, one can understand but explosion on the bus means that there are element within the Government departments or the officials are not carrying out proper checks. Blame squarely rest on the government for lack of security.

Aussie Sep 27, 2013 02:52pm

This country is going to fall apart soon........Logical end

zulfiqar Ahmed Sep 27, 2013 02:58pm

it is very simple. there is a secrete hand behind such foolish activities to derail talk process with taliban. and we all Pakistani knew this better. and KPK is being targeted because PTI is running gov and want dialogue with talban . If these are terrorists then why target only KPK why not other. infarct there is no real talban .but agencies playing with life of innocent people of kpk to degrade PTI .

Ayaz Khan Sep 27, 2013 03:29pm

The Pakistan Federal government and Army is not going to resolve the terrorism issue unless the war is shifted to Punjab. .... Taliban are strategic assets and the army and Punjab government cannot afford to lose them.... Pakhtun will continue to pay the price in blood as long as they are part of Pakistan...

Ashiq Hussain Sep 27, 2013 03:36pm

It's a sad news again,at the moment wen Goverment of KP and in centre trying to talk with TTP I don't no who dose it who ever dose heinous crime like that is not a muslim is not a humen worse then animal it's could be some element who don't want talk between goverment and TTP if TTP take responsiblety then we should not talk with that terrorists organisation who take advantage of our offer of talk because they are killing innocent pakistani they distroying our country.

Munazza Sep 27, 2013 03:41pm

all the things happening in KPK are to destabilize PTI govt

arun Sep 27, 2013 04:08pm

I feel really sad for the government employees who lost their lives.RIP Pakistan has miserably failed to protect its citizens. This is all due to the double headed hydra policies of the govt of pakistan. I.e, recognizing extremist/terrorist elements who attack India as freedom fighters and all those who attack Pakistan are terrorists.

muzammil hussain Sep 27, 2013 04:31pm

go on govt..... is this the result of negotiation with Taliban?

Nauman Usmani Sep 27, 2013 04:45pm

now where is everyone now ? who is responsible this attack ? No one cries now ? if its a church..or some place..everyone get insane..this is very shamefull. we are not a united nation.

bangash Sep 27, 2013 05:06pm

PTI policy of appeasing terrorists is a failure, as expected.

Fawad Sayd Sep 27, 2013 05:48pm

And this coward government and paper tiger army of Pakistan want to negotiate with these animals who kill Pakistanis at will every other day. If these Politicians would man up and if Pakistan army would act as a professional army and not a bunch of privileged class group then may be we can win this war. Why do we have nuclear bombs? Cant we just drop one on the heads of these barbarians? What is Al-Khalid for? Show off?

NASAH (USA) Sep 27, 2013 06:45pm

This is what will happen if you don't let Imran open an office for the Taliban. My plea to Imran please let Hakeemullah use YOUR office.

US CENTCOM Sep 27, 2013 06:54pm

Another sad day in Peshawar where nineteen people lost their lives in yet another terrorists attack. Our heartfelt condolences go to the families of the people martyred in this horrific attack. We hope and pray for the people injured, for their fast and full recovery. The terrorist agenda is to create mayhem and that is exactly what they are doing. We need to stand united against these enemies who have made the live of a common Pakistani difficult. In these testing times we stand by the people of Pakistan in their quest for peace and stability.

Abdul Quddus DET-United States Central Command

Cicero (usa) Sep 27, 2013 06:55pm

And Imran K of PTI still wants to open a talibans office in KPK ! Peace is a two way street.Has TTP reciprocated to any peace initiative ?

Ravi Ingale from Pune Sep 27, 2013 07:43pm

Peshawar now become the capital of explosion for Taliban.

Jbm Sep 27, 2013 07:43pm

Any one up for talks with these animals ? What you say me khan ?

Yusuf Sep 27, 2013 08:51pm

What Govt employees? What department? Some crucial info missing here.

Karach Wala Sep 27, 2013 08:53pm

Do Mr. Imran Khan and PML-N still want to negotiate with these killers?

Hasan Sep 27, 2013 09:52pm

Imran Khan! You still like to stand with TTP? or be a MAN and stand against them

aqabdulaziz Sep 27, 2013 10:06pm

Imran wants these thugs to share govt with him.

Asif Hussain Sep 27, 2013 10:20pm

Let's give Taliban status of most favored nation and allow them to set up offices through out the country vacate FATA and KPK and some parts of Baluchistan. Good job Imran Khan.

Imran A. Sep 27, 2013 11:07pm

Why is this even news? The number should be at least 50 people before it makes it to news. I don't think that Nawaz Shareef even acknowledged this news to console the victims and their families.

Yousuf Sep 27, 2013 11:19pm

Having failed to fight the Taliban, Pakistan Army to go back in full-force and move to kill ... civilians in Karachi !

Sarwat Sep 27, 2013 11:29pm

Still want to talk with these barbarians!!!!

Munir Ahmad Sep 29, 2013 01:36am

Mr. bomb detonator & his sponsor, Go and tell your mother what you did and she will be very proud of you for killing and making handicapped so many of our brothern muslims, unarmed innocent people, low income bread-earners of so many poor families. I am sure your mum will tell you that you are a coward, not having the courage to fight like a man, hitting unarmed people on their back. Surely, you do not belong to any of the respectable tribes of our northern areas, otherwise you would fight like a man and die like a man.

farooq Sep 29, 2013 10:00am

. Most painful for me is the time when Geo (or any other channel) gives a breaking news amid a musical program of say a target killing claiming some lives and AS SOON AS THE NEWS HAS BEEN BROADCAST THE PROGRAM RESTARTS from where it was discontinued. Is this immunity, or insincerity, or complete lack of human feelings, or ugly face of materialism, I Can't decide. Perhaps you can help. Sharing grief with you

Maqsood Sep 30, 2013 05:38am

I don't remember the Taliban being mentioned in the story, please read it again. People are being killed everyday and all you can do is make political jabs and blame the same boogie men, no wonder nothing changes in Pakistan.