Peshawar police standing at the site of the incident and investigating. Photo by Zahir Shah/Dawn.com
PESHAWAR, (Dawn): At least six people were killed and dozens, including a policeman and a boy, were injured in a blast which took place at Peshawar’s university road on Monday morning.
According to sources, suspected militants aimed at targeting a police mobile van in the capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
The explosion also hit a passenger bus which was moving along the police mobile.
Security forces and police cordoned off the area and shifted the bodies and injured to the Khyber Teaching Hospital.
Senior Superintendent of Police Operations Imran Shahid told reporters that the attacker was riding a motorcycle and might have been the cause of the explosion and that the blast could be a suicide attack, adding that “we are also assessing the CCTV footage.
Superintendent of Police Peshawar Cantt Muhammad Faisal said about five to six kilograms of explosives was used in the blast and it was a suicide attack, adding that the police also found body parts of the suspected bomber and were investigating.
Chief executive of Khyber Teaching Hospital Dr Umer Ayub confirmed that six people had died in the explosion while 39 injured were being treated at the KTH.
Moreover, media reports were saying that Commissioner Peshawar Sahibzada Anees was passing from the same area when the blast took place. However, he appears to have survived, sources from the commissioner house were quoted as saying.