Bomb Blast in Peshawar Kills 31
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - A bomb blast in the northwestern Pakistan city of Peshawar killed 31 people and wounded 70 on Sunday, police and hospital authorities announced.
violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's efforts to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.
Sunday's blast was outside a police station in Peshawar in an area crowded with shops and families. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
The casualties were confirmed by police and by Arshad Javed, a doctor at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, Reuters reported.
It follows an attack by a Taliban faction on Peshawar's Anglican church last Sunday that killed more than 80 people, the deadliest attack on Christians in predominantly Muslim Pakistan.