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2 journos among 35 dead in Peshawar blasts

June 12, 2011 21:23 IST

Thirty-five people, including two journalists, were killed and over 100 injured when twin bomb blasts ripped through a crowded Peshawar market followed by an explosion in Islamabad, the latest in a series of attacks after the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan.

A first explosion lured in onlookers and emergency services before a second more powerful blast, believed to be from a suicide strike, went off in Khyber Super Market area in Peshawar, provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, police said on Sunday.

The first explosion at late Saturday night was a low-intensity one caused by a timed device hidden in the bathroom of a hotel. The second blast was triggered by a suicide bomber on a motorbike, bomb disposal squad chief Shafqat Malik told media persons.

Police said they had found the head and body parts of the bomber.

Senior police officer Dost Mohammed said the blasts caused 34 fatalities and injured 100 people.

The attack, one of the deadliest since the May 2 killing of bin Laden in a US raid, occurred in an area with popular eateries, hostels for students and residential flats.

Those killed included two journalists working for English-language newspapers Pakistan Today and The News.

Over 100 people, including eight policemen, were injured, some of them seriously.

Hours later, an explosive device buried on the edge of a road outside the Pakistani capital Islamabad detonated, wounding three men, police said.

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad/Peshawar
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