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Grenade attack on Pakistan cinema showing porn kills 12 people

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 12:57am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 12 February, 2014, 12:57am

A triple grenade attack on a cinema showing pornography in northwest Pakistan killed 12 people yesterday 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, which has been on the front line of Pakistan's Islamist insurgency.

The attack came as negotiators representing the Pakistani government and Taliban militants met for a second time as part of efforts to end the bloody seven-year rebellion.

After the meeting in Islamabad the chief negotiator for the Taliban, hardline cleric Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, said the two sides had proposed a ceasefire "to make the atmosphere for talks more conducive".

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.

The cinema is known for showing explicit erotic movies as well as regular films.

A statement from Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital said 12 men were killed in the attack, including two Afghans, and 24 were wounded.

Akbar Khan, 62, whose left arm and left thigh were injured, said from his hospital bed that he was watching a pornographic movie when the 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.

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