Blast near UNHCR office in Peshawar kills two, injures 3

A screenshot of the blast site.

PESHAWAR: Two people died while three people including two foreigners sustained injuries, when a powerful bomb ripped through the Abdara area on University Road in Peshawar, Express News reported Monday.

The blast occurred near the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Express News correspondent Ehstisham Bashir quoted sources as saying that the blast had targeted foreigners coming out from the office.

The blast took place as soon as a car, carrying foreigners left the office followed by a contingent of police in another car.

The car carrying foreigners received damages in the attack.

The blast took place near residential quarters for the US consulate and foreign aid organisations, senior police officer Tahir Ayub told AFP, adding that three people were injured.

A senior security official confirmed two deaths, while witnesses said two vehicles were damaged in the explosion.

Peshawar is the main city in northwest Pakistan and the gateway to the lawless tribal regions along the Afghan border, where Taliban and al Qaeda militants have strongholds.

Police authorities could not ascertain the identities of the deceased. The injured were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital.

Police immediately cordoned off the area, while a rescue operation has been launched in the area.

The bomb left a crater on the road.