11 killed in bombing in northwest Pakistan

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PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- A powerful car bomb ripped through a market in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 11 people, police said.

The explosion in a Mattani bazaar near the city of Peshawar injured 20 people and damaged 30 shops, senior police official Abdul Sattar Khan said.

The latest violence in a volatile area near the Afghan border shows that militants still pose a great threat to a key U.S. ally despite government offensives against the Taliban and their supporters.

Khan said the dead and wounded had been taken to a hospital, and some of the injured were in critical condition.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar condemned the attack, saying terrorists had killed innocent people by detonating the bomb in a crowded bazaar. "Such attacks cannot deter our resolve in the fight against terrorism," he said.

Peshawar is the capital of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which borders Afghanistan.

It has witnessed scores of such attacks, most blamed on Pakistani Taliban, against whom the military has launched several offensives in recent years.

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