33 people killed in car bomb attack in Pakistan

33 people have been killed in a car bomb attack in northwestern Pakistan today. This is the third blast to hit the city of Peshawar in a week. According to local authorities, a bomb was planted in a parked car and detonated by remote control. The attack occurred in a crowded market in the city’s oldest bazaar near a mosque.

The blast damaged the mosque, shops and vehicles as well. Last Sunday, two suicide bombers had blown themselves up in a crowd of worshippers at a church, killing 85 people. On Friday, 19 people were killed when a bomb planted on a bus carrying government employees exploded in the outskirts of the city.

No militant groups have taken responsibility for the attack yet but the blame is likely to fall on the Pakistani Taliban. The new government of Nawaz Sharif is planning to hold talks with militant groups to stop the violence but the hardliners want to establish a Islamic state and have demanded withdrawal of US forces from the region.

image source: AP

news source:  AP

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