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At least 8 killed, 23 wounded in Peshawar blasts

At least 8 killed, 23 wounded in Peshawar blasts

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Aug 11, 2011 - 11:29

ISLAMABAD(PANinfo-icon): At least eight people, including police, were killed and 23 others injured in two successive explosions in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, officials and witnesses said.

Accounts differ on the number and cause of casualties. Fayaz, a local police officer, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the blast hit a police vehicle in the Lahore Gate area of Peshawar, killing five people, including four police, and injuring 18 others.

But Nasir Khatak, an employee of the Peshawar Police Rescue Department (Rescue 1122), said four police were killed and 15 others injured in the explosion, adding that they were taken to different hospitals. He said four police were in critical condition.

He added the bomb was planted in a handcart and detonated while a police van was passing the area.

Local police said 8kg of explosives were used in the bomb.

Gul Zaman, an eyewitness, told Pajhwok that a hand grenade was pelted at the police car, inflicting casualties on both policemen and civilians, but he did not know exact casualty figures. 

A female suicide bomber detonated her explosives shortly after the first explosion, killing three policemen and wounding five others, said a security official who requested anonymity.

Mushtaq Rahman, a doctor at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) of Peshawar, confirmed the arrival of dozens of injured and said six of them were in serious condition.

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