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Deaths in Pakistan blast
Three infants and two women were among at least ten killed in a car bomb near a police station in the city of Peshawar.
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2011 06:44 GMT
No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing [Al Jazeera]

A car bomb exploded near a police station in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least ten people and injuring 19.

Among the casualty on Wednesday's attack were three infants and two women.

"We have received nine dead bodies," said Abdul Hamid Afridi, the head of Peshawar's main Lady Reading Hospital.

"Nineteen people were also injured. Children and women are among the injured as well."

Peshawar police chief Liaquat Ali Khan says the blast occurred in a commercial area on the outskirts of Peshawar. The explosion destroyed a vehicle and badly damaged a nearby shop.

Authorities are still investigating the exact nature of the blast.

No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Peshawar has been repeatedly attacked by the Pakistani Taliban. The city is located on the edge of Pakistan's tribal area, the main sanctuary for the militant group.

A pair of bombings targeting police on the outskirts of Peshawar on Monday killed five people, including a senior police officer.

Bomb blasts are frequent occurrences in Pakistan, where the government is battling the Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters.

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