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Eighteen killed in Peshawar blast

A bomb has exploded outside a court building in the northwestern city of Peshawar in Pakistan, killing at least 18 people and wounding 34 others, police say.

“It happened outside the judicial complex,” police officer Abdul Wali told Reuters on Thursday.

At least 18 people were killed and 34 others injured were brought to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, said senior hospital official Sahib Gul.

Three policemen were among the dead, said senior city administrator Sahibzada Anis.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Thursday’s attack.

Peshawar, which lies on the edge of Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt, has recently been the scene of several explosions.

The bombing comes three days after a similar blast in Peshawar left five people dead and another 37 injured.

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