Updated: 04/09/2014 13:13 | By Agence France-Presse

Bomb kills 15, wounds 35 in Islamabad market

A bomb explosion on Wednesday killed at least 15 people and wounded 35 others in Islamabad's bustling fruit and vegetable market, police and hospital officials said.

Bomb kills 15, wounds 35 in Islamabad market

Volunteers search the site of a bomb explosion at the fruit and vegetable market in Islamabad, on April 9, 2014 - by Aamir Qureshi

The blast took place in the busy morning hours when dozen of people, mostly grocers and sellers, gather at the market.

"We have received 15 dead bodies and 35 injured people," Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) spokeswoman Ayesha Isani told reporters in Islamabad.

She said the condition of two patients was very critical.

"It was a bomb blast, heard over a big radius," local police official Tehzeeb Hussain told AFP.

He said a bomb disposal team had reached the site and was collecting information.

The blast left a 1.5-metre (five-foot) diameter crater at the site which was littered with bloody body parts, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Ambulances were rushing in and out carrying wounded people and dead bodies.

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