PESHAWAR - At least 13 persons including five personnel of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) were killed and 18 others got critically injured when a remote-controlled bomb hit two vehicles at Bara Bridge on Kohat Road in the jurisdiction of Banamari Police Station here on Tuesday. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it 'an open war' and retaliation for recent military operations in the region. According to police sources and eye-witnesses, the mini-truck of the PAF crew was heading towards PAF Headquarters from its Badabera Camp when a remote-controlled bomb planted by unknown miscreants went off at about 10:00am. The bomb also damaged another van and as a result, 13 persons including five PAF personnel were killed and 18 others were injured. The injured were rushed to Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar. Soon after the blast, police and officials of the secret agencies rushed to the site and cordoned off the area. An official of the Bomb Disposal Squad told TheNation that it was a remote controlled bomb weighing about 10 to 15 Kilograms. The deceased include Bakhraj Shah, Zareen, Mukhtiar, Nazia, Saifullah, Sareer, Bacha Gul, Tufail, Saqib, Moeen, Shabbir, Kamran, Hinad. The deceased include a baby girl as well. All the 13 bodies have been taken to Lady Reading Hospital. While those were injured include Sana, Nadia, Surer, Saifullah, Shakil, Tufail, Mrs Subhanullah, Bakhtiar, Asim Khan, Shah Zarin, Naeem and Talib, while the names of six other injured persons couldn't be ascertained till filing of the report. At least seven security men are among the injured. The condition of two injured persons was stated to be critical. Emergency has been declared in all major hospitals here. A team of PAF doctors has also arrived here at the hospital. Meanwhile, Provincial information Minster Mian Iftikhar Hussain while briefing the journalist condemned the blast and expressed his grief over the loss of human lives. He said that ANP would always follow the way of negotiation and dialogue, adding those who were involved would be dealt with an iron hand. He announced Rs 100,000 for killed persons and Rs 500,00 for injured ones. He also directed the hospital authorities to provide the best possible treatment to the injured. The NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti have strongly condemned the bomb blast and expressed their heartfelt grief and sorrow over loss of lives and properties. They said that elements involved in this heinous act couldn't escape from the clutches of law and would soon be brought to justice. They expressed sympathies with members of bereaved families and prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace. Agencies add: A roadside bomb destroyed an air force truck on a bridge Tuesday in NWFP and killed up to 14 people. Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it 'an open war' and retaliation for recent military operations in the region. Taliban spokesman Maulvi Umar said the attack in Peshawar was retaliation for recent military operations in the border region near Afghanistan. "It is an open war between us and them," he told an American news agency. "We have done it in reaction to the government operations in Swat and Bajaur," Umar said. "If this kind of operations continue against us in Swat and in the tribal areas, we will continue this.