Blast targets ISI office in Peshawar; 7 killed

At least seven people have been killed and over 30 injured in a blast in Pakistan's Peshawar on Friday.

A powerful bomb targeted the office of Pakistan's main intelligence agency near army stadium on Khyber Road, tearing down much of the building and causing several casualties.

Khyber road has been closed for traffic. Bomb disposal squad has arrived at the site of blast. Emergency has been declared in all hospitals in the city.

The blast struck at the heart of the agency overseeing much of the anti-terror campaign in the border regions with Afghanistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban leaders are believed to be hiding out.

It was the latest in a string of attacks on security forces, civilian and Western targets since the government launched an offensive in mid-October against the Taliban's main stronghold in the border region of South Waziristan. Peshawar has seen at least four major attacks in the last month.

The blast destroyed much of the three-story building belonging to the Inter-Services Intelligence agency and many cars on the street outside.

The government has said the militant attacks will not dent the country's resolve to pursue the offensive in South Waziristan, where officials say the most deadly insurgent network in Pakistan is based.


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