Blast outside Peshawar press club kills two

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At least two people have been killed after a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a club for journalists in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, police say.

The Peshawar Press Club is a well-known landmark in the city and is frequented by many journalists.

The north-western city has seen several bomb blasts over the past few months which have left scores dead.

Pakistan has seen a surge in violence ever since the army began an offensive against the Taliban in Waziristan.

"It was a suicide attack. The bomber wanted to enter the building. The police official at the gate stopped him and he blew himself up," AFP news agency quoted senior police official Karim Khan as saying.

"The guard room outside the gate was badly damaged. Three motorcycles parked inside the compound and one bus on the other side of the road were damaged. Almost all windows of the building were shattered," Mr Khan said.

The dead included a policeman and an accountant of the press club who was at the gate when the explosion occurred.

At least 10 people were injured and taken to hospital.

Peshawar, near the Afghan border, has been targeted repeatedly since Pakistan sent its troops to fight the Taliban in the tribal region of South Waziristan.

On 28 October, at least 100 people died when a huge car bomb ripped through the city's busy Peepal Mandi market.

Hundreds more people have been killed in attacks across the country since the army operation began in the autumn.



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