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Flames of terror blast undermine Pakistan peace drive

The deadly bomb blast in Pakistan is the latest attack to undermine Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's attempt to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Taliban.

Today's blast was outside a police station in Peshawar in an area crowded with shops and families. Credit: RTV
Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in recent months. Credit: RTV
Nawaz Sharif is due to meet Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh at the UN General Assembly later to discuss the country's terror threat. Credit: RTV

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Bomb blast in Peshawar kills 31 and wounds 70

A bomb blast in the Pakistan city of Peshawar has killed 31 people and wounded 70 in an area crowded with shops and families, according to police and hospital authorities.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the explosion outside a police station.

The blast came a week after an attack by a Taliban faction on an Anglican church that killed more than 80 people.

Kidnapped Pakistani policemen found shot dead

Twenty-one tribal policemen believed to have been kidnapped by the Taliban have been found shot dead in north-west Pakistan, government officials have said.

Naveed Akbar Khan said officials found the bodies just after midnight local time, after being notified by one policeman who had escaped.

Another policeman was also found with serious injuries.

Mr Khan said the dead policemen were found in the Jabai area of Frontier Region Peshawar, part of Pakistan's troubled tribal region.

The 23 policemen went missing before dawn on Thursday when militants armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons attacked two posts in Frontier Region Peshawar.

Two policemen were also killed in the attacks.

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