16 killed in Pakistan bakery blast

June 6th, 2011 - 2:19 am ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, June 6 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and more than 40 injured when an explosion ripped through a bakery in a cantonment area in Pakistan’s Nowshera city late Sunday, a media report said.

Geo TV said it was a suicide blast.

Gas cylinders in the bakery also blew up in the blast, triggering a huge fire that engulfed the whole bakery, police said.

The bakery was filled with shoppers at the time of the blast, sources said, adding that among those killed also include the wife and two children of a high-ranked security official.

Nowshera city in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province is known for its colonial era cantonment and is also home to the Pakistan Army School of Artillery.

Fire tenders, ambulances and other emergency services reached the blast site and began rescue efforts.

Rescue teams of the Pakistan Army also arrived at the spot.

Police said they were trying to ascertain the cause of the tragic incident.

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