Peshawar: At least 16 Pakistani government employees were yesterday killed and over 30 others injured when a powerful bomb ripped through a bus ferrying them to work, an attack the Taliban said was to avenge death sentences confirmed against 13 militants a day ago.
Pakistani volunteers and security forces inspect the bus destroyed after the bomb blast. Pic/AFP
The blast occurred in the morning as a bomb placed inside the bus exploded when the vehicle, packed with government employees, reached Peshawar from Mardan.
At least 16 people, including three women, were killed in the blast, SSP (operations), Peshawar, Abbas Majeed Marwat said. He said about 50 people were on board the bus at the time of the explosion. Over 30 people were injured in the blast.
SP Cantt Kashif Zulfiqar said the blast was caused by an improvised explosive device planted inside the bus. About 8 kg of explosives was used.
A militant group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban, Lashkar-e-Islam, has claimed responsibility, saying it wanted to avenge the sentencing of its 13 militants to death, confirmed by army chief Raheel Sharif on Tuesday.