Blast in Pakistan’s northwest kills three (Lead)

June 1st, 2009 - 7:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Taliban Islamabad, June 1 (IANS) At least three people were killed and seven injured in a blast Monday in Kohat town in Pakistan’s restive northwest where the military is currently engaged in a major anti-Taliban operation.
The blast, the second in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in a week, occurred at a bus stand in Kohat’s Teera Bazar area, APP news agency reported.

Earlier reports had placed the casualties at four.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the blast.

Expressing his condolences over the loss of lives, Zardari said the perpetrators would not be spared.

In a separate message, Gilani said those involved in the attack were enemies of the state and would be brought to justice.

Fifteen people had been killed in twin blasts and a suicide bombing at a police check post in provincial capital Peshawar last Thursday.

The latest incident came as the Pakistani security forces’ operations against the Taliban in three districts of the NWFP entered its 38th day Monday.

The military says close to 1,250 militants have so far been killed in the operations, which have seen close to three million civilians fleeing the fighting in the Swat, Buner and Lower Dir districts of the NWFP.

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