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Four CD shops destroyed by explosives in Takhtbhai

(PPF/IFEX) - Four shops selling music compact discs (CDs) were completely destroyed and 21 others were partially damaged in an explosion on 7 March 2012 in Takhtbhai, a district in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhuwa province.

An explosive device planted by unidentified individuals detonated early in the day in the Khurshid Market, which housed the four CD shops and 21 other businesses. The explosion was heard over a wide area and panicked area residents, who rushed out of their homes.

An official with the bomb disposal unit said about 10 kilograms of explosives were used. No casualties were reported as no one was present at the time of the blast.

Safdar Hhayat Dawar, the president of the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), told PPF that the owners of the CD shops had repeatedly been threatened by militants, who told them to close the "un-Islamic" businesses and look for alternate sources of income. Dawar said there has been no cooperation from the government to deal with incidents of this nature that have taken place in the area.

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