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Pakistan: 12 killed in bomb attack on cinema

February 12, 2014

The Shama cinema in Peshawar was a spot for bearded taxi drivers and off-duty soldiers to while away a weekday in a fug of cannabis smoke, watching pornographic films.

The city’s last public haven of vice came to an end on Tuesday, when terrorists threw hand grenades into the audience of a pornographic film, killing 12 people and wounding 24.

It took place a week after the Picture House, another local cinema, was attacked in the same way, leaving four people dead. And it coincided with a second round of peace talks between the Taliban and the Pakistani government.

Ijaz Khan, Peshawar’s police chief, said no one had claimed responsibility for the attack.The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan umbrella group denied responsibility – as they denied the earlier one – but it will nevertheless fuel scepticism about the talks’ chances of success.

SMH

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