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Car bomb kills 12 at Pakistan bus depot

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Dilawar Khan’s son had stopped off at his tea shop on his way back from school when a powerful car bomb exploded outside it. The 12-year-old was among the dozen killed in yesterday’s blast at a bus terminal.

The explosion tore through a dozen vehicles waiting to transport passengers from the northwestern city of Peshawar to other areas of the country. Some of the minibuses were blackened and destroyed. There were 32 wounded, officials said.

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“God should destroy these terrorists,’’ Khan cried at a hospital in Peshawar.

In the chaos, the 45-year-old shopkeeper initially thought his other son had been killed, but he turned up at home later.

Violence has dropped off in Peshawar and some other areas of Pakistan over the past year following offensives against the Pakistani Taliban in the northwest. But bombings and shootings still occur with regularity, especially in the border regions, and no one is predicting victory against the militants.

No group claimed responsibility for yesterday’s attack.

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