City burns again, bomb kills 41

PESHAWAR Statesman Report : A car bomb killed at least 41 people, including 14 of the same family, on Sunday in the City’s busy Qissa Khwani bazaar, officials said, the third deadly strike to hit the city in a week. The blast also left 103 others injured. 

Provincial Minister Shaukat Yusufzai stated that the Khan Raziq Police Station was the main target of the two blasts. However, local police officials do not believe the police station was the target of the blasts. 
"It looks like the market was the target," said bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik.
He told AFP a car parked by the roadside had apparently been converted into a remote-controlled bomb.
The blast caused major destruction, toppling a two-storey building and gutting several shops, witnesses said.
Thick grey clouds engulfed the entire area after several shops caught fire. At least 50 shops were either damaged or completely destroyed.
Human limbs, blood, broken glass, stationery, blood-soaked clothes and sandals littered the road.
Rescuers pulled several bodies from a passenger minivan which was passing the explosives-laden vehicle when it exploded.
Officials said the 14 minivan passengers were members of the same family.
"They had come to Peshawar from Shabqadar town for shopping ahead of my daughter's wedding," a family elder Sartaj Khan told media persons.
Officials and rescue workers were collecting body parts and bodies and putting them in ambulances for over an hour after the blast.
"I was standing in front of a shop to buy ice cream for my ailing nephew who was with me when a deafening explosion rocked the entire area," Muhammad Sajjad, 26, who works in Saudi Arabia as a labourer, told AFP in the hospital.
Weeping relatives of the dead and injured gathered at the hospital as rescuers brought in bodies or small bundles of human remains.
Muhammad Wajih, 40, told AFP he was repairing a customer's watch at his shop when there was a huge blast.
"Half of the face of my customer, who was standing just in front of my shop, blew up while several stray splinters hit his back," said Wajih, who was himself unhurt.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan strongly condemned the blast and assured the nation that the culprits would be punished.
"Nothing justifies the killing of innocent people including women and children and this is against Islam", Imran Khan said in a statement.
"It is unfortunate that some parties are again using this tragedy for political point scoring when all political forces should be together to bring peace to Pakistan," he said.
Imran said he had demanded of the PTI coalition government to move on emergency basis to bolster the provincial security and intelligence setups.
"Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is being deliberately targeted by those forces who do not want to see peace and stability restored in Pakistan," he said.
On Sunday last week a twin suicide attack at a church in City’s Kohati Gate area killed 82 people, triggering nationwide protests by the Christian community and others demanding better protection for minorities.
On Friday a bomb tore through a bus carrying government employees in Gulbela, on the edge of Peshawar, killing 19 people.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in New York for the UN General Assembly, strongly condemned the blast.
"Those involved in the killing of innocent people are devoid of humanity and all religions," he said in comments released by his office.
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