At least 15 people were injured in a car bomb attack outside a restaurant in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday , hours after seven persons were killed by a suicide bomber near a strategic air force complex in Punjab province.
Witnesses said the blast occurred soon after a man parked a car outside the restaurant in Hayatabad, an upmarket neighbourhood on the outskirts of Peshawar. The man, who had long hair, fled immediately after parking the car.
Nine of the injured were admitted to hospital and the condition of two of them was described as serious. Others were sent home after being given first aid, police officials said.
Over 50 kgs of explosives was used in the attack, police said. The walls and windows of the restaurant were blown out by the blast.
Police fired in the air after the explosion to disperse people from the area.
Reports said the restaurant targeted in the attack belonged to the son of a senior leader of the Awami National Party, which is in power in North West Frontier Province and is part of the ruling coalition at the centre.
Earlier this morning, seven persons, including two security personnel, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a check post outside the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex at Kamra in Punjab province.
Pakistan has witnessed a wave of deadly bombings and suicide attacks over the past two weeks, suspected to have been carried out by the Taliban.
Most of the attacks have targeted security facilities, including the army's General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. PTI