PESHAWAR, Pakistan, June 8 A bomb exploded on a
bus on the outskirts of the northwestern Pakistani city of
Peshawar on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding several,
police officials said.
There have been numerous bombings in Peshawar, capital of
the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, since the Pakistani military
stepped up operations against militant groups in 2007.
"The bus was carrying around 40 people, most of them
government employees, when there was a huge blast," police
official Merah Khan told Reuters.
Police said the bus was travelling from Peshawar to the
nearby town of Charsadda.
Peshawar borders Pakistan's semi-autonomous ethnic Pashtun
regions along the Afghanistan border where Islamist militants
have found refuge despite a series of military offensives over
the past few years.
The Pakistani Taliban, the Afghan Taliban, al Qaeda and
affiliated militant groups are entrenched in the tribal regions,
and take advantage of the porous border to launch attacks
against NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
(Reporting by Jibran Ahmad and Faris Ali in PESHAWAR; Writing
by Qasim Nauman; Editing by Nicholas Macfie)