Pakistani Taliban deny twin blasts that killed 39
Last Updated: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 21:36
  
The bombing badly damaged six shops and the hotel. Pieces of human flesh, along with debris including smashed crockery and broken furniture from the hotel, were scattered outside.

"The first blast was triggered by a timed device planted in the bathroom of the hotel while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up near the hotel," bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said.

"We have found a head and some other body parts of the bomber from the attack site," he said.

Abdul Hameed Afridi, chief doctor at Peshawar's main Lady Readings hospital, confirmed the death toll and said 108 wounded were brought to the hospital overnight, with 47 of them admitted for treatment.

Television footage showed ambulances rushing to the scene and taking away the injured, as well as the bodies of the dead.

"I was parking my car near the hotel when the first blast took place. I rushed to the hotel to see nature of the explosion when the second bomb went off with a big bang," local journalist Safiullah Mehsud told a news agency.

Mehsud, who was injured in the head and legs, said he recalled being thrown into the air by the power of the blast, before being knocked unconscious.

Muhammad Hashim, a cameraman working for a local TV channel, said he was taking tea after dinner when the blasts occurred.

"I ran towards the hotel after the first blast and it was about that time when I saw a big fireball followed by another explosion," said Hashim, who was wounded in his head and chest.

The bombing badly damaged six shops and the hotel. Pieces of human flesh, along with debris including smashed crockery and broken furniture from the hotel, were scattered outside.

"The first blast was triggered by a timed device planted in the bathroom of the hotel while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up near the hotel," bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said.

"We have found a head and some other body parts of the bomber from the attack site," he said.

Abdul Hameed Afridi, chief doctor at Peshawar's main Lady Readings hospital, confirmed the death toll and said 108 wounded were brought to the hospital overnight, with 47 of them admitted for treatment.

Television footage showed ambulances rushing to the scene and taking away the injured, as well as the bodies of the dead.

"I was parking my car near the hotel when the first blast took place. I rushed to the hotel to see nature of the explosion when the second bomb went off with a big bang," local journalist Safiullah Mehsud told a news agency.

Mehsud, who was injured in the head and legs, said he recalled being thrown into the air by the power of the blast, before being knocked unconscious.

Muhammad Hashim, a cameraman working for a local TV channel, said he was taking tea after dinner when the blasts occurred.

"I ran towards the hotel after the first blast and it was about that time when I saw a big fireball followed by another explosion," said Hashim, who was wounded in his head and chest.

The bombing badly damaged six shops and the hotel. Pieces of human flesh, along with debris including smashed crockery and broken furniture from the hotel, were scattered outside.

"The first blast was triggered by a timed device planted in the bathroom of the hotel while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up near the hotel," bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said.

"We have found a head and some other body parts of the bomber from the attack site," he said.

Abdul Hameed Afridi, chief doctor at Peshawar's main Lady Readings hospital, confirmed the death toll and said 108 wounded were brought to the hospital overnight, with 47 of them admitted for treatment.

Television footage showed ambulances rushing to the scene and taking away the injured, as well as the bodies of the dead.

"I was parking my car near the hotel when the first blast took place. I rushed to the hotel to see nature of the explosion when the second bomb went off with a big bang," local journalist Safiullah Mehsud told a news agency.

Mehsud, who was injured in the head and legs, said he recalled being thrown into the air by the power of the blast, before being knocked unconscious.

Muhammad Hashim, a cameraman working for a local TV channel, said he was taking tea after dinner when the blasts occurred.

"I ran towards the hotel after the first blast and it was about that time when I saw a big fireball followed by another explosion," said Hashim, who was wounded in his head and chest.

Separately, an explosion Sunday wounded three men at a roadside near Malpur village outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad, police said.

"It seems to be an old explosive device buried long ago under the bush and garbage" at a roadside, senior police official Bani Amin told reporters.

"A father and his son riding a motorbike and a man travelling in a car were wounded in the blast," Amin said.

The latest violence came shortly after visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai called on Pakistan to eradicate militant sanctuaries, in talks on a peace process with the Taliban.

Bin Laden's death has heightened calls within the United States for a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan.

The Peshawar attack came a week after Pakistan's al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri, one of the network's most feared leaders, was believed to have been killed in a US drone strike in South Waziristan near the Afghan border.

Nearby Peshawar is the gateway to Pakistan's rugged northwest tribal region, the stronghold of Taliban and al Qaeda linked militants, and bomb attacks there are common.

Bureau Report


First Published: Sunday, June 12, 2011, 21:36


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