At least 43 killed in attacks in Pak

Attacks come as British PM visits Islamabad,vows to support Pak’s anti-terror efforts

Written by Press Trust Of India | Peshwar,islamabad | Published: July 1, 2013 2:36:22 am

Even as British Prime Minister David Cameron,in Islamabad,was pledging to help Pakistan fight extremism on Sunday,blasts killing at least 43 and injuring over 100 were witnessed across the country.

A car bomb exploded as a convoy of paramilitary troops passed through the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday,killing at least 17 people and wounding 42,police said.

Most of the dead and wounded were civilians. The blast struck one vehicle in the convoy of paramilitary Frontier Corps troops,but the other passed by safely,said police official Shafiullah Khan. It is unclear whether it was a suicide bombing or the explosives in the vehicle were set off by remote control.

The blast damaged many vehicles and shops in the area,according to local TV footage. Frontier Corps vehicles rushed to the scene to help after the attack,as a police officer collected evidence from the crater caused by the bomb.

In South Waziristan,a rocket attack killed four people and injured 15 others,while a roadside bomb killed three security personnel in the North Waziristan tribal region,officials said.

Two bomb blasts near a Shiite mosque killed at least 19 people in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Quetta. The blasts near Abu Talib Imambargah at the Shiite-majority Hazara town also injured over 60 persons,they said. Firing was also reported after the blasts. Some security sources said the first blast was a suicide attack.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Meanwhile,British Prime Minister David Cameron told his Pakistani counterpart,Nawaz Sharif,that Britain would do all it can to help fight extremism,a battle that requires both a tough security response and measures to fight poverty and promote education.

“The enemies of Pakistan are enemies of Britain,and we will stand together and conduct this fight against extremism and terrorism together,’’ Cameron said in a joint press conference with Sharif.

He also welcomed Pakistan’s stated commitment to help promote a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban in Afghanistan. “I will assure Prime Minister Cameron of our firm resolve to promote the shared objective of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan,’’ Sharif said.

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