10 killed in blast near Peshawar's Karkhano market

A blast has killed at least 10, and injured 20, near Karkhano Bazaar today. The bomb exploded near a security checkpost, which was followed by firing.

According to reports, the blast targeted a Khasadar Force vehicle. Assistant Line Officer Nawabshah and president of the Tribal Union of Journalists Mehmoob Shah are among those killed. Most of the dead include personnel from the Khyber Khasadar Force.

It is believed to be a suicide attack, but there has been no official confirmation yet.

The market is one of the busiest areas of the provincial capital, and Karkhano is tribal belt's gateway to Peshawar.

Cars and motorcycles have also been damaged in the attack.

An emergency has been imposed at Hayatabad Medical Complex. Peshawar Government girls higher secondary school has been evacuated due to potential danger. According to Waqt news, security forces has surrounded the whole school and search operation is going on.

"Its sad and tragic. It's not about Muslims - the act is inhuman," said ANP's Zahid Khan while talking to Waqt News. "Our province has especially been targeted; target-killings are a usual course here. But government is not taking any action. The provincial government is too naive to do anything," he added. "Imran Khan never gives any statement or condemn the attacks."

"People of Peshawar were happy because there has been peace recently," JI Chief Siraj ul Haq told Waqt News. "But today's incident will have deep implications on overall security situations," he added. "We cannot undo this incident, but on the whole situation is getting better."

According to Waqt News, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif has condemned the attacks and offered support for the family of victims. PTI Chief Imran Khan too offered his condolence and said, "It's sad to face loss of precious human lives." Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has also flayed attack on security check post in Peshawar and said unity and democracy will defeat terrorism. He expressed deep sorrow and sympathy with bereaved family, who lost their beloved ones in attack on security force check post.

This is the second back-to-back attack on Pakistan's security forces after yesterday's bombing in Quetta targeted FC personnel. These attacks are believed to be a blowback to the ongoing military operation Zarb-e-Azb in the northwest of the country, which is designed to eliminate militancy from the region. 

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