A roadside bomb explosion injured five people on the morning (local time) of Monday, May 11, at Peshawar's Rampura Gate business center. Two police officers are amongst the wounded, and security forces have since cordoned off the area. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
A heightened security presence and localized disruptions are expected in the area over the coming hours.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Al-Qai'da, Islamic State (IS) affiliates, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Afghan Taliban, and other Islamist militant groups continue to pose a threat throughout the country despite continued army offensives to push them from their northwestern strongholds near the Afghan border. Pakistan has suffered numerous deadly attacks in recent months, notably in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces.
Individuals in Peshawar are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid the area of the incident, and obey all instructions issued by local authorities or their home governments.
Due to a high threat from terrorism, as well as kidnapping and sectarian violence, some Western governments advise their citizens to reconsider travel to Pakistan as foreign nationals, and Westerners in particular, may be directly targeted.
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