A bomb has killed 31 people in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, with at least seventy wounded. The blast comes in the wake of another attack a week ago when an Anglican church was targetted, killing over 80 people, the highest death toll on Christians in predominantly Muslim Pakistan.
Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the latest attack.
Euronews spoke to Farid Ullah, a local resident:
“Black smoke covered everything, and nothing was visible. People were lying on the road, and there was no one to pick them up. There was no ambulance, no police. They have only arrived now.”
Islamist violence has spiralled recently, with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif increasingly under pressure to tame the insurgency. But the Taliban have repeatedly rejected the constitution and demand Islamic law.
Sharif now heads to New York for the United Nations General Assembly, where he’ll discuss the issue with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh. Singh recently described Pakistan as the“epicentre of terrorism in our region”.