Deadly blast in Pakistan kills many

A bomb exploded in northwest Pakistan on Friday in an blast on a road that brought down nearby shops.

Deadly blast in Pakistan kills many
A bomb exploded in northwest Pakistan on Friday in an blast on a road that brought down nearby shops, at least 25 people were killed, police and witnesses said.

The bomb went off on a main road near the city of Kohat, 150 km (100 miles) southwest of Islamabad, and brought down some shops beside the road, police and witnesses said.

"A restaurant and many shops have collapsed. It's chaos here. There's huge devastation," said Ibn-e-Ali, a former judge and resident of the area.

"My house is one kilometre away but the blast was so huge it felt as if it was next door," he said.

Mehtab-ul-Hasan, top administrator of the region where the blast took place, told Reuters that 25 to 30 people had been killed.

"Twenty bodies are lying beside me," Hasan said by telephone.

Kohat is a garrison town, close to the ethnic Pashtun tribal belt on the Afghan border.

Pakistan's military launched a major offensive against the Taliban in North West Frontier Province in April.

The fighting displaced nearly two million people and left more than 1,800 Taliban fighters dead, according to the military.


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Last Mod: 18 Eylül 2009, 16:37
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