Suicide bomber kills 49 in Peshawar

A Taliban suicide bomber struck inside one of Pakistan’s major cities for the second time this week. Just four days after a suicide bomber killed five UN employees at World Food Program offices in Islamabad, another bomber detonated a car packed with explosives at a bazaar in Peshawar, the capital of the Northwest Frontier Province.

Forty-nine people have been reported killed and more than 100 have been wounded, some critically, after the suicide bomber detonated more than 100 kilograms of explosives packed in a car in the Khyber Bazaar, one of the busiest markets in the provincial capital. More than 50 people have been reported as critically wounded.

The bomb was built to inflict “maximum casualties,” according to police.

“The device was planted in the door panels of the vehicle and included machine gun ammunition, designed to cause maximum casualties,” Dawn reported.

Today’s attack is the second since Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, and his regional commanders held a press conference in South Waziristan and vowed to restart a suicide campaign in Pakistan. Hakeemullah said the attacks would continue until the military halted operations in the tribal areas.

The Taliban last struck in Peshawar on Sept. 26, when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive-laden car outside of a bank and a military housing complex. Twenty people were killed and more than 100 were wounded in the suicide attack.

That same day, a suicide bomber rammed his truck into a police station in Bannu, killing 10 people and wounding dozens more.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.



  • kp says:

    Maybe finally the Pak army will make a move into South Waziristan?

    The government blamed Waziristan-based Taliban insurgents for the attack. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the nation has no option but to attack militant strongholds in South Waziristan.
    “All roads are leading to South Waziristan. We will have to proceed. We have no other option but to carry out an operation in South Waziristan”, Rehman Malik told media.
    Malik also said a suspect had been arrested in Monday’s suicide attack at the office of the UN’s World Food Program in Islamabad. He said the man was alleged to have given the attacker shelter

  • Spooky says:

    And so comes the Taliban Winter Offensive of 2009.
    Right now the civillian leadership is too obsessed with trying Musharraf and too busy putting out fires of the public outcry regarding the Kerry-Lugar Bill and with the Balochistan Reform Package to really care. The military will be too busy balking at Kerry-Lugar to take the fight to the next level too.

  • KaneKaizer says:

    Is it possible the Taliban actually want the Pakistanis to move in, so that they can bog them down in the winter, attack their supply convoys and turn it into a victory for them? If the Pakistanis actually are “starving” the Taliban, the Taliban would benefit from attacking their convoys and probably outlast the army.

  • Jenny says:

    The concept of suicide bombers is growing by leaps and bounds now-a-days, but I don’t understand one thing-why and how these are being produced in such a mass number. Almost everyday I hear about suicide bombers. Is it lack of enough education to such people who participate to become suicide bombers that forces them to do such inhumane things or is it something like hypnotizing them to do it.
    I guess, people should be presented with more information on suicide bombers than just providing with their activities. May be this will enhance awareness among youth and may there will be lesser suicide bombers..


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