Blast kills at least six, injures more than 30 in Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: At least six people were killed and more than 30 others injured when a powerful blast ripped through a local hotel in the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Tuesday night. Initial reports suggest the incident took place at Pak Hotel near Imambargah Alamdar in Kucha Risaldar, a Shia dominated neighbourhood of Peshawar. Confirming the death toll, Superintendent police (SP) city Muhammad Faisal Mukhtar said it was a suicide attack.

Injured in reportedly critical conditions are being taken to Lady Reading Hospital where an emergency has been imposed.

Jamil Shah, media coordinator at LRH confirmed that six dead bodies and 32 injured have been brought in the hospital. Women and children were among the injured, he said.

Earlier, Haji Sardar Ali, a prominent Shia leader was shot dead in the city, sparking a protest outside the LRH where his body was taken.