PESHAWAR: A triple grenade attack on a cinema Peshawar killed 11 people on Tuesday as government and Taliban negotiators met for a second round of peace talks.
It was the second such attack within two weeks on a cinema in the city of Peshawar.
Peshawar city police chief Mohammad Ijaz Ahmed said three grenades were used in the attack and up to 80 people were in the Shama cinema at the time.
Another senior police officer, Faisal Mukhtar, told AFP that 11 people were killed and 17 wounded. An official at Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital, Syed Jameel Shah, confirmed the death toll.
Scraps of human flesh, blood-soaked shoes, caps and condoms littered the floor of the hall after the blasts, an AFP reporter at the scene said.
Akbar Khan, 62, whose left arm and left thigh were injured, told AFP from his hospital bed that he was watching a pornographic movie when a deafening blast rocked the auditorium.
“It seemed like a hot iron rod pierced through my left arm and leg as I was hit by ball bearings,” he said.
“I ran towards the gate, from where I was taken to hospital.”