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Powerful bomb blast kills over 20 in Pakistan

Blast spot sealed after bombing. File Pic
Blast spot sealed after bombing. File Pic

Over 20 people were killed and many others injured in a powerful explosion in a market in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Wednesday.

Islamabad, April 9/Nationalturk-: After a brief lull, terrorist attacks are back in Pakistan and over 20 people were killed and many others injured in a powerful explosion caused by terrorists in a crowded vegetable market in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Wednesday.

Police sources said explosives planted in a guava box went off with a big bang at the time of auction Pir Wadhai near whose sale market of fruits and vegetables in Rawalpindi.

When the blast took place vegetable and fruit vendors and large number of people were present in the market to buy fresh vegetables and fruits.

“At least 20 people died on the spot and dozens others were injured. The injured were rushed to nearby Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) hospital,” officials said.

PIMS Hospital vice-Chancellor, Dr  Javed Akram said the death toll is 23. “Among the dozens injured, condition of nine is critical”.

He expressed fear that the death toll may rise.

Immediately after the blast, police and security officials cordoned off the area and the Bomb Disposal Squad was combing the area for other explosive devices.

The blast left a 1.5-metre (five-foot) diameter crater at the site which was littered with bloody body parts.

2nd terrorist attack in 2 days

The blast is the second terror attack in the country in as many days.

On Tuesday, seventeen people were killed and about 50 wounded when terrorists bombed a Rawalpindi-bound train parked at the Sibi Railway Station 120 km southeast of Quetta in restive Balochistan province.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain have condemned the blast and killing of civilians.

In a surprising development, dreaded terrorist outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which is presently engaged in talks with government has also  condemned the blast.

“It was haraam (un-Islamic )and illegal to attack innocent people in public places,” TTP spokesman Shahidullah Shahid was quoted by Pakistani media as saying.

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