PESHAWAR: The death toll from a car bomb explosion in an ancient market in Peshawar rose to at least 42 on Monday, after the third attack in the area in a week, media reported.
Nearly 150 people have been killed in three bomb attacks in the city in a week.
Yesterday’s blast ripped through the busy centuries-old market known as Qissa Khwani Bazar, or the storytellers’ bazaar, in Peshawar’s old city on Sunday, exactly a week after more than 80 Christians were killed in a twin suicide bomb attack on a nearby church.
A spokesman for the main city hospital said at least 107 people were wounded.
The dead included at least 15 members of a family who had come to the city from a nearby village to make wedding arrangements.
Militant violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.
Pakistan’s main Taliban group, which has expressed willingness to talk peace on its conditions, denied responsibility for the latest attack.
On Monday, investigators said that civilians were the target of terrorists despite the fact that over 200 kg explosive material was planted in a vehicle parked outside a police station. The powerful blast also damaged a nearby mosque and 35 shops.