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Accidental blast in Peshawar causes casualties

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-12-05

At least three people were killed and 13 others wounded in an accidental blast in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday. This comes a day after a militant attack on a mosque in the same city.

AFP - At least three people were killed  and 13 others wounded in an accidental blast at a building in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Saturday, officials said.
  
"It was a low intensity explosion caused by a chemical reaction," local bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik told AFP.
  
He added that the blast occurred in a chemical shop in the market.
  
City police chief Liaqat Ali Khan also confirmed the blast was accidental and caused by a chemical reaction, promising "stern action against those dealing with dangerous chemicals in densely populated areas of Peshawar."
  
Top local administration official Sahebzada Mohammad Anees said: "Three people were killed and 13 others wounded in the explosion."
  
A senior doctor at the government's main Lady Reading Hospital, Zafar Iqbal, said two bodies and 13 injured had been brought to the hospital."
  
A doctor at Peshawar's Khyber Teaching Hospital, Mohammad Imran, said one dead body was taken to his hospital.

Date created : 2009-12-05

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