Bomb blasts kill five in Peshawar market

May 28th, 2009 - 8:28 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

Peshawar bomb blast Three people have been killed and at least 60 others injured following two bomb blasts in a market in the northern Pakistan city of Peshawar.

The back-to-back explosions took place in the crowded Qissa Khwani Bazaar, setting fire to vehicles and dozens of shops and market stalls.

Police said six people responsible for the bombs had taken refuge in a nearby building and were using a child as a human shield to hold Pakistan security forces at bay.

The blasts comes just one day after a massive suicide car bomb was detonated in front of Pakistan security agency buildings in Lahore, killing at least 24 people and injuring hundreds more.

Hakimullah Mehsud, a deputy to the Pakistani Taliban leader, Baitullah Mehsud, said the Lahore attack, in which the police headquarters, emergency services building and a military intelligence office were targeted, “was in response to the Swat operation where innocent people have been killed”.

The military launched a major offensive in the Swat valley late last month after the Taliban seized control of a neighboring district just 100km (60 miles) from the capital, Islamabad.

The government has also announced bounties for 21 Taliban leaders in north-western Pakistan.

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