Car bomb in Pakistan market kills more than 40


Pakistani medical staff give treatment to an injured blast victim at a hospital following a bomb explosion in Peshawar on September 19, 2012. A bomb apparently targeting a Pakistan air force vehicle ripped through a van in the country's northwestern city of Peshawar on September 19, killing nine people, officials said.



At least 43 people were killed and more than 100 wounded Sunday in a car bombing in a market in Peshawar, Pakistan.

The car was carrying 440 pounds of high explosives when it was detonated in the city's historic Qissa Khawani bazaar, according to bomb disposal experts cited by the Los Angeles Times.

The blast destroyed shops and vehicles, leaving a crater five-feet deep.

At least six children and two women were reported to be among the dead.

"When I got up, everything was on fire. Women and children were burning in [a] Suzuki pickup, and a number of vehicles were destroyed, besides the shops [that] were also on fire," a local shopkeeper told CNN.

It's not known who carried out the attack.

The Pakistani Taliban have denied involvement, according to CNN. The militants claim that they target only government officials and not the general public.

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Peshawar was also the scene of a deadly suicide bombing at a Christian church one week before, on Sept. 22, when 81 people were killed.

The suicide bombing was one of the deadliest attacks ever to target Christians in Pakistan. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban took responsibility, claiming that the violence was in response to US drone strikes in the area.