PESHAWAR: A bomb exploded on a bus carrying government employees in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday, killing at least 18 people, including two women, officials said.
More than 40 others were wounded in the attack on the bus hired by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government to take staff home from work.
A spokesman for Ansar Al Mujahideen, a group allied to but not part of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the blast. Abu Baseer said that the attack was in retaliation for US drone strikes.
The vehicle was subjected to the terrorist attack at Charsadda Road before Friday prayers.
Peshawar Commissioner Sahibzada Mohammed Anees told reporters that the employees were returning to their homes when the unfortunate incident occurred.
Police said the explosion was caused by a bomb planted inside the bus. The bomb disposal squad said that approximately eight kilogrammes of explosives were placed at the rear of the bus.
One witness who was not identified told Pakistan’s Geo Television channel that he was driving his car behind the bus when the blast ripped open the back end. He said dozens of people sitting on the roof of the bus — were thrown to the side.