Blasts at Peshawar cinema house leave at least three dead

Published February 2, 2014
Policemen at a cinema hall after two hand grenade blasts ripped through it in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Policemen at a cinema hall after two hand grenade blasts ripped through it in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Policemen look at blasts site in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Policemen look at blasts site in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
A view of the blasts site at Picture House cinema in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
A view of the blasts site at Picture House cinema in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Policemen seen inside a cinema hall after two hand grenade blasts in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Online
Policemen seen inside a cinema hall after two hand grenade blasts in Peshawar on Sunday. – Photo by Online

PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed and more than 30 others injured on Sunday night in two explosions at a cinema house in the capital of troubled Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, DawnNews reported.

The incident took place at Picture House cinema situated in Kabuli Bazaar area of Peshawar.

SP Peshawar city Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar confirmed the incident and the death toll.

“Two powerful explosions killed three people at Picture House cinema. 31 people injured in the incident with three in critical condition,” he said.

Mukhtar said that two home made hand grenades were hurled from back seats of the single screen cinema house where more than 100 people were watching the night show.

A stampede following the blasts was responsible for many of the injuries, he added.

Injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital where an emergency had been imposed.

Jamil Shah, an official at the LRH confirmed that three dead bodies and 31 injured have been brought in the hospital.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, but police said that cinema houses in the city were already under threat.

Peshawar is a frontline city in Pakistan’s battle against Taliban insurgents, who regard films as sinful.

They closed down cinemas in the scenic Swat valley in the country's northwest which they controlled from 2007-2009.

The decline of cinema houses in Peshawar has also been accelerated by the advent of videos, DVDs and the Internet and today only seven remain.

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