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Growing despair in Peshawar after suicide bombings

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Growing despair in Peshawar after suicide bombings

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Pakistan’s authorities have ordered that security for journalists in the country be made “foolproof” a day after a suicide bomber attacked a press club in Peshawar.

The Interior Ministry said the blast marked a shift in tactics by terrorists, and warned they posed a serious threat.

Although reporters have been killed in regions along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, this was the first strike against journalists in a city.

People in Peshawar are becoming increasingly concerned about repeated suicide attacks.

One resident said: “What sort of tight security is this? Bombers are calmly getting into mosques; suicide bombers and vehicles are freely moving on the streets. What is the use of such security? Why not just give them a free hand? As it is they’re going around killing whoever they please; exploding wherever they like.”

A single bomber blew himself up at the gate of the club when police tried to stop him from getting in. Three people were killed and 17 wounded.

The press freedom group Reporters Without Borders condemned the attack as an outrage.