Pakistan: Four CD shops destroyed in explosion



Four CD shops destroyed in explosion

Four music shops were completely destroyed after an explosion in a market in the Takhtbhai district situated in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province, reported Pakistan Press Foundation via IFEX, the International Freedom of Expression Exchange.

21 other businesses were partially damaged along with the four CD shops. The explosion was caused by an explosive device that detonated early in the day on 7 March 2012 in the Kurshid Market. The loud explosion was heard over a wide area and frightened people rushed out of their homes. Fortunately no one was present in the market at the time of the blast and no casualties were reported.

“Un-islamic” businesses
According to information given to the Pakistan Press Foundation, the owners of the CD shops had repeatedly been threatened by militants who wanted them to close the stores because they were considered to be “un-islamic”.

An official at the bomb disposal unit said that about 10 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the explosion. It is not yet known who planted the device.



IFEX – 8 March 2012:

‘Four CD shops destroyed by explosives in Takhtbhai’

Pakistan Press Foundation – 8 March 2012:

‘Four CD shops blown up in Takhtbhai’

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