Six people sustain injuries in Peshawar IED blast

PESHAWAR: On Saturday, six people, including two women, were injured in a blast near Kala Bari market located in the Saddar area of Peshawar, according to sources at the Lady Reading Hospital, where the wounded were shifted.

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Fortunately, all six injured were in a stable condition Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) of Peshawar Qazi Jamil said.

At least three stores were damaged by the bomb’s impact. The area was cordoned off by security forces after the explosion.

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

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

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

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.

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