On Wednesday, 16th March 2016 a bomb exploded in a bus rrying government officials in the northwest Pakistani frontier city of Peshawar. According to reports, the blast that took place near Peshawar’s Sunehri Masjid. Two women and a child were among the dead.
The explosion took place in Saddar, a busy shopping district, as the bus was picking up government workers to take them to their offices.
“At least 16 people were killed and more than 24 were wounded in a blast on a government employees’ bus,” senior police official Mohammad Kashif Zulfiqar told AFP.”
Peshawar has witnessed various attacks on civilians as well as law enforcement personnel in the past.
Bomb disposal officials said that it was a four kilogramme (8.8 pound) Improvised Explosive Device (IED) fitted with a remote control detonator and planted near the bus’s gas cylinder, amplifying the blast.
Talking to reporters at the site, Abbas Majid Marwat, another senior police official, said that the bus was transporting government employees from the northwestern town of Mardan to Peshawar.
Rescue workers at the site were seen taking the injured from the blue bus and carrying them out on stretchers to waiting ambulances.