PESHAWAR, Pakistan: A bomb in the city of Peshawar killed 31 people and wounded 70 today, a week after the bombing at a church in Islamabad that killed over 80 people, police and hospital authorities said.
Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months, undermining Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s efforts to tame the rebellion of launching peace talks with the Taliban in Pakistan.
The bomb in Peshawar today was outside a police station in a crowded area where there are shops and families. No suspect was apprehended yet.
The casualties were confirmed by the police and by a doctor at the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Arshad Javed.
Taliban attacked an Anglican church in Islamabad on September 20, killing more than 80 people, the deadliest attack on Christians in Pakistan, which is predominantly Muslim.
The Taliban repeatedly rejected Pakistan’s constitution and called for the full implementation of the Islamic law and for war against India.
Sharif is due to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly later today, only hours after Singh described Pakistan as the “epicenter of terrorism in our region.”