Ban criticises Peshawar blast

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday said he was outraged at the "appalling" bomb attack in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

Ban condemned the "appalling bomb attack in Peshawar today" and said "I want to express my outrage at the loss of so many innocent lives."

Ninety-two people died when a huge car bomb ripped through a crowded market in the city, tearing down buildings.

The attack occurred shortly after US Secretary Hillary Clinton arrived in Pakistan to bolster the two countries' troubled alliance against Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.

Underscoring the challenge, Taliban suicide fighters also stormed a UN compound in the Afghan capital Kabul, killing at least five employees of the world body.