Nation & World News

Market Bombing In Peshawar Leaves Dozens Dead

By Bill Chappell on September 29th, 2013

A powerful explosion has killed at least 37 people in Peshawar, Pakistan, where authorities say they suspect a car bomb was detonated in a market district near a police station. The explosion left a scene of devastation, with casualties and severe damage to nearby buildings in the city’s historic Qissa Khawani market.

It followed a smaller explosion, according to Pakistan’s Dawn.com. Citing a local bomb disposal expert, the news site reports that after a bomb that resembled a grenade exploded, a car that was laden with about 440 pounds of explosives was detonated remotely.

The blast killed at least 37 people, a local government official tells the Agence France-Presse. The news agency says a doctor at a nearby hospital confirmed the tally, saying that more than 90 were hurt. “He said the dead included two women and six children aged five to nine,” the AFP reports.

The attack comes one week after churchgoers were killed in a double bombing at a historic church in Peshawar, and just two days after an explosion on a bus killed at least 17 government workers near the city.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This entry was posted in News from NPR. Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.

 

More Stories in News from NPR

Bob Schieffer on the set of Face the Nation in September.

CBS’ Bob Schieffer Retires Sunday As Last Of The Old-School TV Anchors

Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS’ Face the Nation, retires Sunday after 46 years at the network. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans says Schieffer is the last among a vanished breed of traditional news anchors.


FIFA Scandal Has Echoes Of Salt Lake Olympics Corruption Crisis

Officials of both organizations were accused of taking bribes. Leaders of both said they couldn’t watch subordinates’ behavior. Persistent outsiders found evidence of misconduct.


Anthrax Was Accidentally Sent To 11 States, 2 Countries, Pentagon Now Says

The numbers are more than the Pentagon’s Thursday estimate of nine states and a U.S. Air Force base in South Korea. News organizations named Australia as the other country that received the samples.


Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert speaks in Washington on July 28, 2009, following the unveiling of his portrait.

Reports: Ex-Speaker Hastert’s Payments Linked To Sexual Misconduct

Both The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times are reporting that Hastert was paying a man to not reveal that Hastert had abused him years ago.


Tex Toler watches the Llano River rise Friday in Llano, Texas, after another round of heavy rains that have brought flooding and deaths to the state.

Obama Signs Texas Disaster Declaration As Death Toll In Flooding Rises

“There has been enough rain across Texas during May to cover the entire state nearly 8 inches deep,” says the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments