Fourteen people were killed in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday when a powerful roadside bomb attack narrowly missed a passing convoy of security forces but ravaged a busy market area, police said.
Two paramilitary personnel riding with the convoy were wounded but the brunt of the blast was borne by passers-by in the tense Badhber neighbourhood of Peshawar, a frequent scene of attacks on the police and army by Pakistan's Taliban militants.
"The blast was so powerful that it destroyed 10 shops and eight vehicles," said Mir Ajab Khan, the head of a police station in Badhber, where militants project considerable influence. "Many of the wounded were women and children."
All the dead were civilians apart from a policeman. Four children and a woman were among those killed. Health officials said 25 people were wounded.
"Some of the wounded were brought in critical condition and have been shifted to an intensive care unit of the hospital," said Mohammad Iqbal Afridi, medical superintendent of the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.