<p>At least 15 people have been killed and dozens wounded after a bus carrying government officials exploded in Pakistan.</p> <p>The explosion took place in the volatile Northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, near a main commercial market.</p> <p>The bus was ferrying dozens of government employees from districts and was transporting them to work in the city. </p> <p>According to police, the blast was caused by an improvised device planted in the vehicle.</p> <p>Rescue teams arrived at the site soon after the explosion.</p> <p>Director of Operations for Rescue 1122, Dr. Mohammad Ayaz said, “As soon as we heard the sound (of the blast), our personnel rushed out and came here in a vehicle. Initially, I can say, unofficially, that around 30 people are injured, but that number can be higher or lower…unofficially, I can say that around 15-16 persons were killed on the spot.”</p> <p>No one has claimed responsibility for the blast but Peshawar has often been targeted by the Pakistani Taliban who have plagued the country with terror attacks for the last decade. </p> <p>The country’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack in a statement. </p> <p>He said that cowardly acts will not deter the governments agenda to stem out terror cells in the country.</p>
Initially, I can say, unofficially, that around 30 people are injured, but that number can be higher or lower...unofficially, I can say that around 15-16 persons were killed on the spot.