Blast in Peshawar kills five, wounds 14

Updated May 11, 2014

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A view of the blast sight.   — Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
A view of the blast sight. — Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
A view of the blast sight.   — Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
A view of the blast sight. — Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: An explosion near Bacha Khan Chowk in Peshawar killed at least five persons and wounded 14 others, DawnNews reported.

Witnesses said a suicide bomber entered Shahibagh stadium in Peshawar and fired gunshots. They added that the security personnel deputed on the spot opened retaliatory fire upon which the bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside the stadium premises.

The intensive blast caused one of mosque's walls to fall down.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police's SSP operations Najeeb ur Rehman confirmed that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Tribesmen from Tirrah Valley of Khyber tribal region were gathered to get themselves registered for ration and repatriation when the attack took place.

Rescue teams reached the blast site and immediately shifted the victims to Lady Reading Hospital for treatment where an emergency had been impose and additional staff was called in.

Hospital sources confirmed that five persons were killed in the blast.

The injured included children as well.

The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the blast site and cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident was conducted.

BDS official Zahid Khan said eight to ten kilograms of explosive was used in the suicide jacket, with pellets and iron pieces which caused damage.