Bomb blast kills nine in Peshawar, TTP claim responsibility
[Dawn] A bomb targeting a Pakistain air force vehicle destroyed a van in the northwestern city of Beautiful Downtown Peshawar
...capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (formerly known as the North-West Frontier Province), administrative and economic hub for the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. Peshawar is situated near the eastern end of the Khyber Pass, convenient to the Pak-Afghan border. Peshawar has evolved into one of Pakistan's most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities, which means lots of gunfire.
on Wednesday, killing nine people, officials said.
Glass, metal and pieces of human flesh littered the ground near a market on the city's Kohat road, near the Scheme Chowk area, after the kaboom, which Sherlocks said was likely to have been detonated remotely.
"At least nine people have been killed in the blast and 34 others maimed," senior administration official Javed Marwat told AFP.
The injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.
Shafqat Malik, a bigwig with the bomb disposal squad said the blast hit the van as it approached a parked car and appeared to have been targeting a Pakistain Air Force van which was also damaged in the kaboom.
"Apparently the bomb was planted in a car parked on the roadside and it contained 30 to 40 kilogrammes of explosives, including artillery shells and ball bearings," Malik said.
TTP claim responsibility for attack
The TTP front man for Tariq Afridi group of Dara Adamkhel Taliban, Muhammad has claimed the credit for the Kohat Road blast.
Muhammad in a telephone call to media said " We accept responsibility for the blast on Kohat road its a reaction to the killing of Mualana Naseeb Khan and the PAF jet strikes on a Madrassa in Orakzai Agency
... crawling with holy men, home to Darra Adam Khel, the world's largest illegal arms bazaar. 14 distinct tribes of beturbanned primitives inhabit Orakzai agency's 1500 or so square kilometers...
He said that they were planning more attacks and would also target law enforcement agencies.
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