Bomb blast destroys music and video market in Peshawar
Six people were killed and over 37 injured in a bomb explosion on Monday 19 September 2011 that targeted a music and video CD market in Peshawar, reported Pakistan Press Foundation and other news agencies.
After a couple of years where the terrorists shifted their targets to security forces and shrines, many CD-shops in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Fata reopened, but militant religious groups are again threatening the entertainment industry in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and elsewhere in the country in what could be a new wave of attacks.
‘No room for music’
The blast at Grace Market in the centre of Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province of Pakistan, completely destroyed 20 shops and partially destroyed 10 other. In early January 2001, CD-markets in Chato Chowk Mardan and Umarzai Charsadda were also bombed.
Concentration of music shops
Officials of the Bomb Disposal Unit said around 10 kilograms of explosive were planted in a motorbike parked outside Grace Market. The explosion was triggered by a remote-controlled device at around 9 p.m.
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, but Taliban militants have bombed music shops in several cities and towns of the province in the past.
More information can be obtained at
Pakistan Press Foundation – Press Centre
The bomb exploded at 9 PM when the market was closed.
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