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Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Roadside Blast Wounds Seven, Including Children, in Peshawar, Pakistan

Islamabad — A remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) detonated on Tuesday, causing a roadside blast that injured seven people, including four children, in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s northern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Upon preliminary investigation, authorities discovered that the blast was initiated by a 4-kilogram explosive concealed within a concrete block. The powerful explosion shattered the windows of a nearby building, leaving a scene of devastation.

Hospital authorities confirmed that the injured children, ranging in age from six to 17, were Afghan nationals. Notably, none of the wounded were wearing school uniforms, indicating that they were not students. Among the victims is a critically injured 6-year-old, whose condition remains precarious.

One cannot ignore the chilling irony of this incident occurring in close proximity to educational institutions, including the Army Public School, which was targeted by terrorists nine years ago this month. That attack claimed the lives of approximately 150 people, primarily children, and sent shockwaves throughout the nation.

Speaking to the media at the blast site, Kashif Abbasi, a senior officer with Peshawar Police, revealed that the primary target of the blast was likely a police vehicle that was on a routine patrol. The IED exploded as the police mobile passed by the location, causing significant damage and injuries.

Disturbingly, this is not the first such incident to occur in the area. Just two months prior, a similar attack claimed the life of a soldier and injured six others. Despite the frequency of these attacks, no group has claimed responsibility thus far.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has witnessed a concerning surge in terror incidents, primarily aimed at security personnel, since the Afghan Taliban regained control of Kabul two years ago. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, an ideological offshoot of the Afghan Taliban, frequently assumes responsibility for these attacks.

Pakistan has repeatedly accused the de facto government in Kabul of failing to take action against TTP terrorists who allegedly operate from bases in Afghanistan. In response, Islamabad has initiated the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Afghan nationals residing in Pakistan without proper documentation. The government in Kabul vehemently denies providing a safe haven for cross-border terrorists.

While the investigations continue to determine the culprits behind this heinous act, the people of Peshawar and Pakistan as a whole remain united in their resolve to combat terrorism and maintain peace and stability in the region.

VOA Deewa stringer Usman Khan contributed to this report.

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