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At least 91 people have been killed after a huge car bomb ripped through a busy market in Peshawar, Pakistan.


The attack, which injured at least 200 others, was the deadliest to hit Pakistan this year.

Similar attacks have killed hundreds of people in recent weeks, as the army carries out an operation against Taliban militants2 in South Waziristan.

The blast came as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began a visit to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad.

Mrs Clinton told a news conference the US was "standing3 shoulder to shoulder" with Pakistan in its fight against "brutal4 extremist groups(极端主义团体)".

The Taliban have denied being behind this bombing, but the government blames them for a wave of attacks apparently5 launched in response to the army operation against their strongholds on the Afghan border.

The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in Islamabad says that few people will take the Taliban's denial seriously and they remain the major suspects for the bombing - if only because few other groups would have a motive6 for carrying out such a devastating7(灾难性的,破坏性的) attack.

The blast tore through buildings in Peshawar's Peepal Mandi market street, destroying several - including a mosque8(清真寺) - and leaving others on fire.

The market mostly sells products for women, and most of the dead were women and children.

"There was a huge blast. There was smoke and dust everywhere. I saw people dying and screaming on the road," eyewitness9 Mohammad Siddique told AFP news agency.

Crowds dug through rubble10 to rescue people.

'We will not buckle11'

Medical staff appealed for people in Peshawar to give blood.

Some complained that the authorities were not prepared to deal with the aftermath of such a large attack.

"There were a lot of wounded people. We tried to help them but there were no ambulances so we took the victims on rickshaws(黄包车,人力车) and other vehicles," Muzamil Hussain told the Associated Press.

"There were no police. The police and government didn't help us, the police even opened fire on us."

Security has been stepped up across Pakistan, but the government still appears to be unable to stop the attacks, the BBC's Mark Dummett in Islamabad says.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi promised that the country's resolve would not be shaken by "such heinous12 crimes(滔天罪行)".

At a news conference in Islamabad with Mrs Clinton, he told potential militants: "We will not buckle, we will fight you. We will fight you because we want stability and peace in Pakistan."

'Brutal extremists'

Mrs Clinton is in Pakistan to discuss US concerns about the increasing numbers of militant1 attacks and the security of the country's nuclear weapons.

She condemned13 the "vicious(恶毒的,凶残的) and brutal" attack in Peshawar and said the fight against the Taliban was "not Pakistan's alone".

"Pakistan is in the midst of an ongoing14 struggle against tenacious15(固执的,不屈不挠的) and brutal extremist groups who kill innocent people and terrorise communities," she said.

"We commit to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Pakistani people in your fight for peace and security, we will give you the help that you need in order to achieve your goal."

Last week, Pakistan launched an offensive in South Waziristan, which is considered to be the main sanctuary16(圣所) for Islamic militants outside Afghanistan.

Correspondents say the Peshawar blasts will come as a violent reminder17 for the US of the difficult task it is facing in the fight against the Taliban, both in Pakistan and across the border in Afghanistan.


1 militant 8DZxh     
  • Some militant leaders want to merge with white radicals.一些好斗的领导人要和白人中的激进派联合。
  • He is a militant in the movement.他在那次运动中是个激进人物。
2 militants 3fa50c1e4338320d8495907fdc5bdbaf     
激进分子,好斗分子( militant的名词复数 )
  • The militants have been sporadically fighting the government for years. 几年来,反叛分子一直对政府实施零星的战斗。
  • Despite the onslaught, Palestinian militants managed to fire off rockets. 尽管如此,巴勒斯坦的激进分子仍然发射导弹。
3 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
4 brutal bSFyb     
  • She has to face the brutal reality.她不得不去面对冷酷的现实。
  • They're brutal people behind their civilised veneer.他们表面上温文有礼,骨子里却是野蛮残忍。
5 apparently tMmyQ     
  • An apparently blind alley leads suddenly into an open space.山穷水尽,豁然开朗。
  • He was apparently much surprised at the news.他对那个消息显然感到十分惊异。
6 motive GFzxz     
  • The police could not find a motive for the murder.警察不能找到谋杀的动机。
  • He had some motive in telling this fable.他讲这寓言故事是有用意的。
7 devastating muOzlG     
  • It is the most devastating storm in 20 years.这是20年来破坏性最大的风暴。
  • Affairs do have a devastating effect on marriages.婚外情确实会对婚姻造成毁灭性的影响。
8 mosque U15y3     
  • The mosque is a activity site and culture center of Muslim religion.清真寺为穆斯林宗教活动场所和文化中心。
  • Some years ago the clock in the tower of the mosque got out of order.几年前,清真寺钟楼里的大钟失灵了。
9 eyewitness VlVxj     
  • The police questioned several eyewitness to the murder.警察询问了谋杀案的几位目击者。
  • He was the only eyewitness of the robbery.他是那起抢劫案的唯一目击者。
10 rubble 8XjxP     
  • After the earthquake,it took months to clean up the rubble.地震后,花了数月才清理完瓦砾。
  • After the war many cities were full of rubble.战后许多城市到处可见颓垣残壁。
11 buckle zsRzg     
  • The two ends buckle at the back.带子两端在背后扣起来。
  • She found it hard to buckle down.她很难专心做一件事情。
12 heinous 6QrzC     
  • They admitted to the most heinous crimes.他们承认了极其恶劣的罪行。
  • I do not want to meet that heinous person.我不想见那个十恶不赦的人。
13 condemned condemned     
adj. 被责难的, 被宣告有罪的 动词condemn的过去式和过去分词
  • He condemned the hypocrisy of those politicians who do one thing and say another. 他谴责了那些说一套做一套的政客的虚伪。
  • The policy has been condemned as a regressive step. 这项政策被认为是一种倒退而受到谴责。
14 ongoing 6RvzT     
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
15 tenacious kIXzb     
  • We must learn from the tenacious fighting spirit of Lu Xun.我们要学习鲁迅先生韧性的战斗精神。
  • We should be tenacious of our rights.我们应坚决维护我们的权利。
16 sanctuary iCrzE     
  • There was a sanctuary of political refugees behind the hospital.医院后面有一个政治难民的避难所。
  • Most countries refuse to give sanctuary to people who hijack aeroplanes.大多数国家拒绝对劫机者提供庇护。
17 reminder WkzzTb     
  • I have had another reminder from the library.我又收到图书馆的催还单。
  • It always took a final reminder to get her to pay her share of the rent.总是得发给她一份最后催缴通知,她才付应该交的房租。
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