Blast destroys video shop, damages 14 others
BUNER, Sept 15: A video centre was destroyed completely and more than a dozen shops damaged partially when an improvised explosive device went off in the Pir Baba area in the wee hours of Saturday.
Official sources said a time-device exploded with a big bang at about 5am in the narrow bazaar near the shrine of Hazrat Pir Baba. Two persons received minor injuries.
The explosion completely destroyed the Insaaf Music Centre, owned by one Dilroze. About 14 adjacent shops were partially damaged. A bookshop remained safe.
The explosion caused minor injuries to a barber named Amir Wahid and owner of the Quranic Showroom, Zamarrud Khan, who was at the barber’s shop.
Officials of the Pir Baba police station and the bomb disposal squad, while collecting evidence from the site, confirmed that it was a locally-made device. They believed that it was of the same type used in the Swari Bazaar about a month ago.
The police party confirmed picking up four persons for preliminary investigations who, according to them, were associated with some religious organisations.
The video and music centres here in the Pir Baba area have been winding up their business after receiving threatening letters from unidentified miscreants and attacks on some shops in the Swari area.
Some of the video centre owners have put up “for sale” notices outside their shops.