ISLAMABAD (TIP): At least 11 people were killed and 25 wounded after three bombs went off in quick succession inside a cinema hall in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on february 11 The attack took place during screening of a Pashto movie at Shama cinema, known for showing adult rated movies.
“Three China-made hand grenades were used in the attack and up to 80 people were in the cinema at the time. The first blast happened in front, second at the rear and the third in the centre of the cinema hall,” said Ijaz Ahmed of the Peshawar police. He said cinema owners in Peshawar had been informed of the threats.
“We had directed all cinema owners to install CCTV cameras.” The Pakistan Taliban, an umbrella organization of several militant and criminal groups, distanced itself from the attack. The blasts came almost two weeks after explosions at another cinema in the city killed five people. Several small but deadly bombs have hit Peshawar and surrounding areas since Monday. On Monday, four women were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the house of a pro-government tribal elder.