Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Pakistan Bus Blast Kills at Least 17, Wounds 47; Islamist Anti-Govt. Group Believed Responsible

At least 17 people were killed and dozens wounded today (March 16, 2016) when a bomb exploded inside a bus in Peshawar, the main city in Pakistan's insurgency-racked northwest, according to the Yahoo News website.

No group has claimed responsibility for the explosion, which occurred as the bus carrying mainly government employees was passing through the city's crowded shopping district of Saddar.

Pakistan has been battling a home-grown Islamist insurgency for more than a decade, with groups such as the Pakistani Taliban routinely carrying out attacks as part of their struggle to overthrow the government.

A total of 47 wounded were treated at a hospital. Five people among the 19 admitted are still in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said.

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