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Blasts rock Peshawar, 10 killed

Last updated on: May 28, 2009 23:55 IST

Three blasts ripped through crowded bazars and a police checkpoint in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least 10 people and inuring 100 others, a day after Taliban militants targeted ISI's provincial headquarters in Lahore that claimed 35 lives.

Two bombs went off within minutes of each other in Qisa Khawani and nearby Kabari Bazar, destroying shops at a time when the markets were crowded with people, while a suspected suicide bomber attacked a police checkpoint in the city.

The first blast occurred in Kabari Bazar which sparked off a big fire in the market located in a narrow lane and at least eight vehicles were burnt, channels said. Minutes later a second bomb went off in Qisa Khawani market across the road which also caused a fire destroying a large number of shops, they added.

Geo TV reported that six persons were killed and 100 injured in the twin blasts, while police official Yaseen Khan said four people lost their lives in the attack on the police outpost.

The attacks came came a day after a suicide attack by the Taliban militants near the ISI headquarters in Punjab's capital Lahore left 35 people dead. "Two separate timed bombs were planted on motorbikes, which exploded in quick succession," a senior police officer informed.

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