A suspected car bomb exploded outside a crowded market in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 55 in the latest attack by suspected militants apparently aimed at avenging an army offensive along the Afghan border. This was the third blast in as many days in or close to Peshawar, the capital of the North West Frontier Province.
The attack took place in Charsadda, some 40 kilometers north of Peshawar, destroying scores of shops on both sides of the road and knocked down electrical wires. Officials suspected the bomb was planted in a car outside the market, said police officer Rokhan Zeb Khan.
Rashid Kaka said he was returning from a mosque to his shop in the market when the bomb exploded. "It was deafening and there were clouds of dust all around. I could not see anything around me," said Kaka. "Later I saw many bodies lying scattered."
No one claimed responsibility, but authorities have blamed similar attacks in recent weeks on the Taliban.