Blast at Pakistan Cinema Leaves Many Dead
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - At least 10 people have been killed and 20 others wounded in an explosion targeting a cinema in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar.
Tuesday's blast hit Shama cinema, known to show adult rated movies, and is owned by the Bilour family, one of the most powerful political families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Al Jazeera's correspondents said.
Bashir Bilour, a former senior minister in the province, was killed in 2012 in a suicide attack.
Shama had continued to operate as a result of the Bilour’s political links despite threats in the past.
Reports said there was a specific threat against the cinema in the past few weeks, leading to increased security, but staff had only just returned to "normal" security levels when this attack occurred.
The blast is the second attack in a matter of days.
In the same city on Monday, a suicide bomber's explosive vest went off in the house of a pro-government tribal elder, killing four women, police said.
It was not clear if the attacker set the vest off deliberately. He had run into the home of the elder, Jan Mohammad Afridi, in the city's Chamkani area, after local residents found him suspicious and the police started chasing him, said police chief Ahsan Shah.
Peshawar is the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which lies next to tribal areas that are bases for several networks including the Pakistani Taliban.
It was not known if Afridi, who was in the opposite part of the house at the time, was the initial target. Shah said police surrounded the house and exchanged gunfire with the bomber.
At some point, his explosives were detonated although it was unclear whether the assailant blew himself up or if one of the bullets from the gunfire set off the explosives.