Pakistan Explosion by Yolanda DeLeon c/o 16

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.”
Do  all the  recent  violent  tragedies  have  you  questioning  the  government  and  whether  they  can  really  protect  you? Comment below!

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