Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
09 Apr, 2014 | 3:52 pm
A deadly bomb blast has struck a busy market on the outskirts of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, killing at least 23 people, police and medics say.
The high intensity blast at the fruit and vegetable market left as many as 100 injured, reports say.
The Pakistani Taliban denied involvement. No other group has said it carried out the attack.
There is currently a ceasefire between the Pakistani Taliban and the government as part of peace efforts.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned Wednesday’s bombing.
He said it was an effort by Pakistan’s enemies to destabilise the country, but that the government would remain resolute in its efforts for peace, according to his office.
The latest reports from hospitals in the area say as many as 100 people were injured.
The bombing happened in the Sabzi Mandi area of the capital about 08:00 local time (03:00 GMT), one of the busiest times of day for the wholesale fruit and vegetable market.
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