Car bomb in Peshawar market injures six


–Peshawar police chief says eight to ten kilogrammes of explosives were planted in a white Corolla 


PESHAWAR: Six people, including two women, were injured in a car bombing in Kala Bari market located in the Saddar area of Peshawar on Saturday.

Peshawar Police chief Qazi Jamil told journalists that all six injured were in a stable condition. He added that at least three stores were damaged by the bomb’s impact. The area was cordoned off by security forces after the explosion.

Jamil said that about eight to ten kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the blast. The material was planted in a white Toyota Corolla, he added.

“It was an IED (improvised explosive device) explosion and the explosive material was fitted inside the vehicle,” he said.

A bomb disposal official said that all of the vehicle had blown up and only (its) engine part remained intact.

The CCTV footage of the blast shows an identified man parking and exiting the vehicle before wrapping himself in a shawl. The explosion takes place as he walks out of the frame.

The blast was the first of 2019 in the provincial capital. The last IED explosion took place in October, that left a civilian and a paramilitary soldier injured.

Over the past few years, KP has seen a sharp decline in the number of violent attacks. According to a study conducted by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, last year 40 attacks were recorded in KP in which 72 people were killed and 174 injured. Suicide attacks across the country dropped from 23 in 2017 to 18 in 2018.