A car bomb exploded in a crowded market today in Peshawar, killing as many as 34 people and injuring 74 in the third attack in a week targeting the northern Pakistan city.
“The Kasa Khawani Bazaar was the target,” Feroz Shah, spokesman for Peshawar’s deputy commissioner, said by phone. “Initially we thought it was a suicide bomb attack, but later it became clear, with a car parked in the center of the market.”
The death toll was confirmed by Shaukat Yousafzai, health minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, who said eight to 10 of the injured are in critical condition.
The latest attack comes two days after 17 government employees died in an explosion on a bus, and a week after 81 worshipers were killed when two suicide bombers struck the city’s All Saint’s Church on Sept. 22.
Television networks including Geo and Dawn News showed video footage of shops in flames inside the market, as people helped the injured to medical assistance. Nine people in a single family are among the dead, Geo reported.
“Between 200 kilograms to 225 kilograms of bomb material was used in this attack,” Shafqat Malik, head of the city’s bomb disposal unit, said at a press briefing broadcast live on the Geo channel. “This was home-made, combustible material used in the attack with the intention of causing massive collateral damage.”