Three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Peshawar’s Shama Cinema on Tuesday, killing 11 people and leaving at least 19 others injured. According to DawnNews, multiple explosions occurred when a show was ongoing in the cinema. Subsequently, 11 people were killed whereas 19 others were injured, an official at Lady Reading Hospital, Syed Jameel Shah, said where the wounded persons were shifted by rescue sources for medical treatment.
However, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Ejaz Ahmed said eight people were killed and 22 others were injured. An emergency was imposed in LRH and additional staff was urgently summoned. Ahmed furthermore said three grenades were used and up to 80 people were in the cinema at the time of the explosions, according to news agency AFP. Meanwhile, security forces cordoned off the site of attack whereas army personnel sealed the area from Shami Road.
Shama Cinema is situated in the busy Bacha Khan Chowk area of Peshawar. The blast at the cinema came 11 days after a similar attack at Picture House Cinema situated in Kabuli Bazaar area of Peshawar. The attack also came as negotiators for the federal government and for Taliban militants met for a second time today as part of efforts to end the bloody seven-year insurgency.