MILBY_On Sunday, September 29, 2013, CNN reported in Peshawar, Pakistan that “A car carrying 485 pounds (220 kilograms) of explosives blew up in the city’s historic Qissa Khawani Bazaar, wrecking 10 shops and many vehicles and leaving a huge crater in the ground“, said Shafqat Malik, chief of the bomb disposal unit.
Alamzeb Khan, a witness of the bombing was working nearby at a tea stall when he felt the earth shake and was knocked down by the impact of the blast.
CNN reports that he said: “When I got up, everything was on fire. Women and children were burning in (a) Suzuki pickup, and a number of vehicles were destroyed, besides the shops (that) were also on fire,” Khan said.
Officials at a Pakistan hospital explained that an estimated 40 people were killed and 100 people injured after the car bomb exploded.
The death toll of the injured people from the incident was expected to rise because of the critical conditions they were in.
One family who shared their story were in the city for a wedding explained how now instead of celebrating newly weds they had to plan a funeral for 18 family members lost, including children.
Although no group took immediate responsibility for this incident the Pakistani Taliban decried the loss of innocent life. This recent bombing has raised the citizens questions and curiosity towards the government and if they really can provide security to their people.
A fellow Milby sophomore: “A lot of things have happened over the years even more this year. But although the government has done a good job catching suspects their timing isn’t always the best.”
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