Five die in Peshawar blast (Lead)

March 11th, 2012 - 2:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, March 11 (IANS) Five people were killed and 29 injured Sunday when a massive explosion tore through funeral prayers being held in Pakistan’s Peshawar city, a media report said.

The explosion occurred in Peshawar’s Budh Bher area.

Geo News reported the deafening blast took place during funeral prayers.

The police have not yet confirmed the nature of the explosion.

A little over a week back, an intelligence official was fatally shot in Peshawar.

On March 2, gunmen opened fire at Bashir Khan, an Intelligence Bureau inspector who was on his way to work on his motorcycle. His 13-year-old son was injured in the ambush.

Pakistan is battling militants, who have viciously struck back.

On Feb 24, three policemen were killed and six injured when three heavily armed suicide attackers went on a shooting spree and hurled grenades at a police station in Peshawar. Hours later, a suspected terrorist was injured while planting a bomb.

The brazen attack was carried out a day after a deadly car bomb killed over a dozen people and injured more than 20 in the city.

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