ISLAMABAD, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- At least 17 people were confirmed dead and over 34 others injured when a blast hit a bus carrying government employees in Pakistan's northwest city of Peshawar on Friday afternoon, said local official.
Sahibzada Andes, commissioner of Peshawar, said that the blast took place at about 12:30 p.m. local time when a bomb hit a bus carrying government employees on the way back from Peshawar to Charsadda, a neighbouring city lying some 20 kilometers north of Peshawar.
Bomb disposal squad officers said that the bomb was placed inside a carton placed under the back seats of the bus and it was detonated through a time device while it was moving on the Charsadda road in the city.
An estimated six to eight kg of explosives were used in the bomb, they said.
The bus was severely damaged following the blast, local TV channel footage revealed.
There were at least 50 people on the bus when the blast occurred, said local media.
The people on the bus are employees working for the civil secretariate in Peshawar, said the report.
Some of the blast victims have been brought to Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital while others have been shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Charsadda.
Hospital sources said some of the injured were in critical condition and the death toll may further rise.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
Friday's blast in Peshawar is the first most serious attack of terrorist nature in Pakistan since the whole nation is engaged in the rescue work of a powerful earthquake that hit the country's southwest Balochistan province on Tuesday afternoon, which has so far reportedly claimed more than 400 lives.