PESHAWAR: The investigation report into Peshawar’s Qissa Khawani Bazaar attack that claimed the lives of at least 43 people on Sunday clarified that the nearby police station was not the target of the bomb.
The investigation report finalized on Monday stated that purpose of the blast was to create a state of chaos among the general public. Investigations also uncovered that the white Toyota Corolla XLI that was used in the attack was stolen, and it entered Qissa Khawani through the Khyber Bazaar.
Confirming what initial investigations revealed, the report said the bomb was remote-controlled and contained 200 kilogrammes of explosives. “Phosphorus was mixed with the explosives, which triggered the fire,” AIG Malik has said.
“Artillery shells were also used in the device to inflict maximum casualties,” he added.
At least 43 people – including 17 from the same family – were killed and 100 wounded when the massive car bomb tore through the crowded bazaar around 11:10am September 29.
The fatalities included seven women and eight children, some of them aged five to 12. Medics at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) confirmed the casualty figure.