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Bomb blast kills civilian in Pakistan’s Peshawar

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Police control traffic alongside a van damaged in an attack by militants near a checkpoint in Peshawar, northwestern Pakistan, March 12, 2015. © AFP

A powerful roadside bomb blast has rocked the troubled northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least one person and injuring another.

Pakistani police officials said the bomb exploded in Peshawar’s upmarket Hayatabad neighborhood on Tuesday.

“One person passing in his car was killed while another passer-by was wounded, both of them are civilians,” media outlets quoted Rana Umer Hayat, a senior police official as saying.

The explosion targeted a convoy of security forces that passed by shortly before the explosion and escaped unharmed.

Peshawar and several other northwestern towns have experienced a fresh spate of violence and militancy over the past few months. Militant attacks and bomb explosions have killed many people across the troubled region.

On February 13, at least 21 people died in explosions that rocked a Shia mosque packed with worshipers in the volatile city.

Pakistan has intensified its anti-terror campaign following a December 16, 2014 attack on an army-run school in Peshawar, which claimed the lives of about 150 people, mainly children.

Security forces and civilians have remained a constant target of the pro-Taliban militants who are trying to overthrow the government in Islamabad.

Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt has witnessed violence following the 2001 US-led invasion of neighboring Afghanistan.

The semi-autonomous tribal regions on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan have been a hideout for Takfiri militant groups, including al-Qaeda and the pro-Taliban militants.

The military says it has killed more than 1,200 militants in the ongoing operations against militants across the troubled northwestern tribal regions. 

Pakistan’s army launched a ground offensive against militants in North Waziristan in late June 2014.

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