Sept. 27 - Bus blast kills at least seventeen government employees in northwest Pakistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 At least 17 people were killed, including two women, when a bomb exploded on a bus carrying government officials in the insurgency-plagued Pakistani city of Peshawar on Friday (September 27). The remote-control bomb struck on a main road in Peshawar, near the frontier tribal areas of the northwest where Islamist militants have their strongholds. The spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital confirmed 17 bodies had been received but that the death toll was expected to rise. The bus was carrying employees of the civil secretariat, said police officials. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast. Islamist violence has been on the rise in Pakistan in past months, undermining Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's efforts to tame the insurgency by launching peace talks with the Pakistani Taliban. Last week, a pair of suicide bombers blew themselves up outside a 130-year-old Anglican church in Peshawar, killing at least 81 people in the deadliest attack on Christians in the predominantly Muslim country.