SSP operations Peshawar Abbas Majeed Marwat said:
“The blast targeted the bus carrying government officials”
“These cowardly attacks cannot shatter our unflinching resolve against terrorism”
Attacks have fallen since the government crackdown after the 2014 Army Public School attack and the Taliban have been squeezed into small pockets of territory. However, militant groups remain able to launch sporadic attacks on security forces and civilian targets.
Last week, 17 people were killed and 31 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded court in Shabqadar Bazaar of Charsadda district near here, an attack the Taliban termed as revenge for the execution of liberal Punjab province governor Salman Taseer‘s Islamist assassin.
Feeling sad 4 the ppl who died in #PeshawarBlast.deepest condolences r wid their families.may Allah grant them wid highest ranks in jannah.
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) March 16, 2016