Blast hits school bus in Pakistan: Police
Last Updated: Monday, December 13, 2010, 20:35
Peshawar: Suspected militants targeted a school bus with a roadside bomb in this northwestern Pakistani city today, killing its driver and a passer-by and injuring two students, police said.

The bomb planted in the congested Bhana Marri residential area on the outskirts of Peshawar went off as the bus from Sir Syed Islamia Model High School was passing by at 3.30 pm.

The blast killed the bus driver and a young boy who was passing by the area, city police chief Liaquat Ali Khan said.

Two school children were injured, he said. The attack was carried out with an improvised explosive device that was triggered by remote control by someone who was in the area, Special Superintendent of Police Aijaz Khan said. "The blast was meant to create terror. Our policemen patrol the area," he said.

Police had detained two suspects from the site of the blast and seized their car.

Both men belonged to Bara area of the restive Khyber tribal region, Khan said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast created a large crater by the roadside. Footage on television showed the windows of the school bus were blown out and part of it was blackened by the explosion. Officials said six kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

Notebooks and bags lay strewn inside the bus. The seats and interior were shredded by shrapnel and glass shards from the windows.

Most children had got off the bus before the blast occurred, police said.

Bashir Bilour, Senior Minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said the targeting of school children in a terrorist attack reflected the growing frustration and desperation among militants.

"This was an unpleasant incident aimed at spreading terror among the people and stopping children from going to school. We will fight the militants to our last breath," he told the media.

Bilour said the entry of militants into Peshawar has been made "almost impossible" and the whole area has been cordoned off.

The provincial government is taking proper measures to curb militancy and several terrorists had been arrested in the recent past, he said.


First Published: Monday, December 13, 2010, 20:35

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