Bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded aboard a bus carrying local government officials in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others, officials said.

The attack in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, occurred as the government workers were returning to their homes outside the city for weekly Friday Muslim prayers. It was the second deadly attack in less than a week in Peshawar, where residents are still grieving after 85 people were killed at a Christian church there Sunday.

Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, commissioner for Peshawar, said it appeared that a bomb had been planted on the bus.

In addition to the fatalities, hospital officials said, at least 42 people were injured.