Bomb blast kills eight in northwest Pakistan (Lead)

February 17th, 2009 - 11:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Peshawar, Feb 17 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and 16 others injured Tuesday in a bomb blast in this northwestern city of Pakistan, Geo TV reported.
The blast took place in a vehicle that was parked outside the house of a local official, the report said.

Officials said two suspects who tried to escape the scene after the blast were gunned down by security forces.

The injured were shifted to Lady Reading hospital. The police have cordoned off the area and started the rescue work.

The police said the blast damaged several nearby houses.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the bomb blast.

In their messages, both Zardari and Gilani said the government would not bow down to the militants.

The incident comes just a day after an Islamist group sealed a deal with the Pakistani government to implement the Shariat laws in parts of the country’s North West Frontier Province.

Zardari said terrorism was a serious threat to Pakistan and would be countered with an iron hand. The prime minister said the government was committed to bring peace across the country.

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