Pakistani cinema hit by twin blasts

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A cinema in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has been struck by two blasts, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30, Al Jazeera reported.

The explosions took place on Sunday in the Picture House, as it is known locally, in Qissa Khawani Bazaar.

Faisal Mukhtar, a senior police official, told the news agency AFP that a stampede following the explosions was responsible for many of the injuries.

Mukhtar also claimed that a "China-made hand grenade" was used in the blast, according to Reuters.

Jamil Shah, a spokesman for Peshawar's Lady Reading Hospital, said three dead bodies and 31 injured people had so far been taken to the hospital. Two of the injured later died in the hospital.

No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The death toll is expected to rise because there were up to 150 people inside at the time of the blasts.

Bomb disposal staff confirmed that two grenades were thrown by people sitting at the back of the cinema.

The bazaar was the target of a bombing last September that left at least 40 people dead.

The latest attack happened at a time when the government of Pakistan has announced the forming of a committee to hold talks with the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad said.

"There are fears in Pakistan that as the prospect for talks improve, there would be attacks to sabotage the peace talks," our correspondent said.

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