Car bomb kills at least 80 in Pakistan

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A powerful car bomb tore through a packed marketplace in Pakistan’s northwest city of Peshawar on Wednesday.

Early casualty figures were unclear, but Al Jazeera, citing Pakistani officials, initially reported at least 80 dead and as many as 100 wounded. Those numbers are likely to climb.

Television footage from Peshawar show rescue workers digging through gutted shops and battling huge blaze as a cloud of gray smoke hangs over downtown.

Eyewitnesses and police said many of the casualties were women doing the daily shopping at the Khyber Bazaar.

The massive explosion occurred a couple of hours after U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton arrived in Islamabad, for three days of talks with Pakistani leaders.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.