PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- At least sixteen people, four of them children, were killed in a bomb blast near a convoy of soldiers in the Badhber area of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Sunday.
At least 25 others were injured, some of them critically.
Security officials said explosives were planted on main road to target the convoy of paramilitary soldiers known as the Frontier Corps.
"The Frontier Corps convoy was on its way towards Darra Adamkhel in Kohat from Peshawar when it was attacked through an improvised explosive device in Badhber area and caused losses to precious human lives and damage to properties," Peshawar police chief Liaqat Ali said.
Ihsan Ghani, chief of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, said the bomb was planted in a car and was parked on main road near markets and shops. He said it exploded when convoy of the security forces was passing through the area.
A Frontier Corps official said two of their men were injured in the blast.
“All the FC men remained unhurt in the attack except of the two who suffered injuries and admitted to the Combined Military Hospital in Peshawar," a Frontier Corps statement said after the blast.
The statement said the FC convoy was the target but the IED exploded shortly after the convoy had passed through the area.
Arshad Javaid, administrator of the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, said 25 injured, including women and children, had been admitted.
He said some of the injured brought to the hospital were in critical condition and shifted to an intensive care unit of the hospital.
"The injured included women and children but some of them had suffered serious burn injuries," Javaid said.
He said emergency has been declared in the hospital to provide better care to the victims.
Pakistani security forces and police have suffered heavy casualties during the past few months in the troubled Badhber area, which is considered stronghold of the militants.