PESHAWAR - In the wake of twin bomb blasts in the Cantonment area, shops and restaurants in Khyber Super Market presented a deserted look, as panic gripped the provincial capital on Sunday. According to AFP news agency, Taliban denied responsibility and blamed foreign secret agencies for the blasts that killed 39 people and injured dozens. All the routes linking the city with Khyber Agency were partially blocked while most shopping centres remained closed. Security was on high alert, as there were reports that two more suicide bombers had entered Peshawar from Darra Adam Khel. The power supply, which was suspended soon after the blasts, could not be restored so far. Talking to media, senior police official Ijaz Khan said the second blast was suicide attack. He said the bomber came on a motorbike. Police have arrested several suspected persons and are grilling them, he added. According to the police, the death toll has risen to 39, as four more persons including Rizwan Mir and Rameez Anwar were succumbed to their injuries. Meanwhile, Khyber Union of Journalists strongly condemned the blasts in which two journalists were also killed and five wounded. A minor blast took place at a local restaurant in the Khyber Super Market in Cantt area at 11:45 pm on Saturday. Hearing the sound, local residents, media persons and policemen rushed to the spot, when a bomber on a motorbike blew himself up, causing huge losses. Located just next to the army flats, the area houses many newspapers offices. The journalists, who work in the nearby offices and reside there, rushed to the spot and two of them lost their lives, while five others got injured. One of the deceased journalists was Asfandyar Khan, who worked with different media organisations, while the injured media persons included: Safiullah Mehsud, Barkatullah Marwat, Mohammad Tufail, Hashim Ali, Sheharyar and Riaz. The funeral prayers for Asfandyar were offered in his native village Nasir Pur. A large number of people including politicians and journalists attended his last rites. In a press statement, President Khyber Union of Journalists Arshad Aziz Malik and Yousuf Ali strongly condemned the incident and urged the government to take steps for the protection of media people. AFP adds: Taliban, who have vowed to carry out attacks to avenge the killing of Osama bin Laden, denied any role in the bombing and said they only aim their strikes at the government and military. We did not carry out this attack in Peshawar. It is an attempt by foreign secret agencies who are doing it to malign us, Tehreek-e-Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP on phone. We do not target innocent people. Our targets are very clear, we attack security forces, government and people who are siding with it, Ehsan said. The bombing badly damaged six shops and the hotel. Pieces of human flesh, along with debris including smashed crockery and broken furniture from the hotel, were scattered outside. The first blast was triggered by a timed device planted in the bathroom of the hotel while a suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up near the hotel, bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik told AFP. We have found a head and some other body parts of the bomber from the attack site, he said.