Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Pakistan market bomb 'kills at least 20' in Islamabad --- A deadly bomb blast has struck a busy market on the outskirts of Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, killing at least 20 people, police and medics say. -- The high intensity blast at the fruit and vegetable market left as many as 100 injured, reports say. -- The Pakistani Taliban denied involvement. No other group has said it carried out the attack. -- There is currently a ceasefire between the Pakistani Taliban and the government as part of peace efforts. -- Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned Wednesday's bombing. -- In comments released by his office, he said it was an effort by Pakistan's enemies to destabilise the country, but that the government would remain resolute in its efforts for peace --- The bombing happened in the Sabzi Mandi area of the capital about 08:00 local time (03:00 GMT), one of the busiest times of day for the wholesale fruit and vegetable market. -- Police said about 5kg (11lb) of explosives were hidden in a fruit box. -- Police said about 5kg (11lb) of explosives were hidden in a fruit box. -- The BBC's Mike Wooldridge, at the scene, said the bomb left a deep crater in the thick concrete in the fruit section of the wholesale market, with boxes of guavas scattered all around. - More, BBC, at:


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