12 Jun 2011

More bombings in Peshawar

2:50 pm on 12 June 2011

At least 34 people have been killed and 90 wounded in two explosions in a market in the northwestern city of Peshawar in Pakistan.

The BBC reports the blasts occurred just after midnight on Saturday in an area of the city that is home to political offices and army housing.

The first was small, but was followed by a big one, believed to have been a suicide bomber.

News International editor Pahimullah Yusufzai was at his office, just along from the market. He says the second explosion - after emergency services had arrived and onlookers were crowded outside a burning shop - caused the carnage.

On Thursday, a bombing on the outskirts of Peshawar left four people dead.

The number of attacks in Pakistan has risen sharply since al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a US commando raid on 2 May.