The Taliban continue their attacks on the Pakistani military. In the latest attack, a suicide bomber struck at a bakery run by the Pakistani Army in the northwestern district of Nowshera. From Dawn:
At least 18 people were killed and 45 others were injured when a suicide bomber attacked an army-run bakery on the Mall Road in Nowshera Cantonment on Sunday night.
The condition of 12 of the injured people was said to be serious.
According to a police official who refused to identify himself, those killed in the attack included the wife of an army major, his son and a daughter.
The blast caused a massive fire in the bakery and gas cylinders kept there also caught fire and started exploding. A number of adjacent buildings, a restaurant and some shops also caught fire.
Bodies of most of the victims were charred beyond recognition.
According to bomb disposal squad personnel, the bomber appeared to be teenager. His head had been found in the debris of the bakery.
The last major Taliban attack in the district took place in March, when a bomb was detonated in a mosque in Nowshera. Nine people were killed.
Also on Sunday, a bomb was detonated in the Matni area of Peshawar. From Dawn:
A bomb ripped through a passenger vehicle parked at a bus terminal near the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday, killing six people and wounding 11 others, police said.
The bomb was planted at the terminal near a market in Matani, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Peshawar, which lies near Pakistan’s lawless tribal region on the Afghan border, senior police officer Kalam Khan said.
“We have reports that six people were killed and 11 wounded,” khan told AFP. He said rescue teams had been sent to the area.
Peshawar police chief Mohammad Ijaz said a remote controlled device was used in the bombing.
“It appears to be a remote controlled bomb placed in a passenger vehicle waiting to leave for a rural area,” he said, adding that three other vehicles were also damaged.
He quoted witnesses as saying a man boarded the vehicle and left after leaving a package inside, telling people that he would be back soon.
Shortly afterwards a huge blast ripped through the vehicle. The casualties were mostly among the passengers, he added.
The Matni area is frequently hit by the Taliban. A local an anti-Taliban militia has been battered for resisting Taliban rule. A deadly suicide attack in March at a funeral in Matni killed 37 people and wounded more than 50.
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