Peshawar: A suicide bomber on Wednesday targeted
a crowded bus terminal at Kohat in Pakistan`s restive
northwest, killing 16 people and injuring 31 others in the
latest in a string of deadly terrorist attacks.
The attacker blew himself up close to a bus in the
terminal located near a busy market in Kohat, some 60 km from
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa capital Peshawar.
Police officials said 16 people were killed and 31
others, including several women, injured. The attack occurred
on the first day of the Islamic holy month of Muharram.
Authorities have put in place strict security
arrangements across Pakistan as sectarian and militant
violence has occurred during the month in past years.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Masood Afridi said
the bomber, aged between 17 and 20 years, targeted a bus.
"It was a suicide blast and we have found the head of
the bomber," Kohat district police chief Dilawar Khan Bangash
Other officials said several of the injured were in a
serious condition. Witnesses said they had seen human flesh
and bodies lying at the site of the blast.
The bomber struck at about 1 pm, when the bus terminal
was crowded with people travelling to the adjoining Kurram and
Orakzai tribal regions.
Most of the dead and injured belong to Orakzai Agency.
The blast destroyed the bus targeted by the bomber and
damaged several other vehicles. The bodies and injured were
rushed to two nearby hospitals.
Authorities declared an emergency at all hospitals in
Kohat and staff and doctors were recalled for duty.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
This was the second suicide attack in northwest
Pakistan in three days.
On Monday, 50 people were killed and over 100 others
injured when two suicide bombers disguised as policemen struck
a government compound in Mohmand tribal region.
Taliban claimed responsibility for Monday`s attack.