En bilbombe detonerte i basarene i Peshawar søndag. Minst 33 er drept og 70 såret. Det er det tredje bombeangrepet på en uke.
A car carrying 220 kg (440 lbs) of explosives detonated in the city’s historic Qissa Khawani bazaar, destroying at least 10 shops, several vehicles and leaving a huge crater, said Shafqat Malik, chief of the bomb disposal unit.
Qissa Khawani bazaar, or the story tellers market, was the site of a bloody massacre in April 1930 when British soldiers fired on peaceful demonstrators, killing hundreds. At the time, Pakistan was part of India — and India was under British rule.
Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s volatile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, has endured a violent week.
On Sunday, 81 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a Protestant church in one of the deadliest attacks ever on the Christian community in Pakistan. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility, blaming the U.S. drone strikes in tribal areas.
On Friday, at least 17 people were killed and more than 30 others wounded in an explosion that ripped through a bus carrying government employees. Sikander Khan Sherpao, senior minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, suggested the attack had been carried out by forces wanting to sabotage recent efforts by the national government to pursue peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban.