3rd Deadly Blast in a Week Shakes Pakistan's Peshawar

At least 40 killed in latest attack on northeastern city
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 30, 2013 2:41 AM CDT
3rd Deadly Blast in a Week Shakes Pakistani City
People flee the scene of the blast in Peshawar yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

A car bomb ripped through a crowded street in Peshawar's oldest bazaar, killing 40 people in the third blast to hit the troubled Pakistani city in a week, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion appeared to have been caused by a bomb planted in a parked car and detonated by remote control, a police spokesman says. It went off near a mosque and a police station, damaging the house of worship and nearby shops and engulfing many vehicles in flames, police said. At least 40 people were killed and 90 wounded.

Such attacks in Peshawar, in northwestern Pakistan, have claimed more than 140 lives since last Sunday, when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in a crowd of worshippers at a church, killing 85 people. On Friday, 19 people died when a bomb planted on a bus carrying government employees exploded. The Sunni militant group Jundullah claimed responsibility for the church attack, saying it targeted Christians to avenge the deaths of Muslims killed by US drone strikes. The victims of the latest attack included 14 members of a single family who were visiting Peshawar to plan a wedding. (Read more Pakistan stories.)

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