Car Bombing in Pakistan

December 6, 2008

Peshawar, Pakistan (ChattahBox) — A deadly car bomb killed several people in Pakistan in Peshawar, northwest Pakistan. The death toll rose to 29 and more than a 100 people were seriously wounded. The bomb went off near Peshawar’s famed Storyteller’s Bazaar wrecking a Shiite Muslim Mosque and a hotel. It set ablaze a string of vehicles, an old building and a hotel.

Television footage showed several seriously wounded survivors being dragged to local hospitals. There has been no clear evidence of motive, or the culprits behind the blast. According to the provincial chief, Malik Naveed Khan, the bomb contained deadly chemicals designed to spread the fire instantly. The provincial government in Pakistan has blamed the blasts on “external forces” which is understood in Pakistan to indicate towards India. On the other hand, there have been several instances of suicide bombings in Pakistan by Taliban fighters as well.

The tensions between the two countries are already rife due to last week’s attacks on Mumbai. India has continued to blame Pakistan for the terrorist attack and has consistently unearthed evidences against its neighbor. Pakistan has been under tremendous pressure from the international community to lend a complete transparency in the investigations regarding Mumbai terrorist attacks.

A suspected US missile strike that reportedly killed three people further added to the tension in the region. The people targeted were in strong hold of Taliban and al-Qaida territory near the border with Afghanistan. Pakistan and the United States have stepped up their operations in the northwest of Pakistan against Taliban and al-Qaida. Peshawar is one of the largest provincial cities and the capital of Northwest frontier Province. The government’s war with the Islamic militants has now spilled out of the tribal regions in to the city.


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