17 dead in suicide attack outside Charsadda court
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): At least 17 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a court’s compound in the Charsadda district of Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
The bomber detonated his explosives when a security official prevented him from entering into the court in Shabqadar area, District Police Officer (DPO) Sohail Khalid told Pajhwok Afghan News.
He said the suicide bomber was trying to enter the judicial complex. The dead included three security personnel, the DPO added. He would not say who was behind the attack. The area is infested with criminals and Taliban militants.
Immediately after the massive explosion, army soldiers and other law-enforcement agencies’ personnel cordoned off the area. The casualties were evacuated to nearby hospitals security officials and rescuers. Some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
At least 17 people were killed and 30 others injured,some of them critically, doctors said. Two police personnel and a woman were among the fatalities, they confirmed.
The JamatulAhrar, a splinter group of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, saying the bombing was in revenge for the hanging of MumtazQadri, the killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer.
Nearby buildings and shops in the bazaar main were partially damaged. Charred wreckage of vehicles was seen at the site, about 35 kilometres from Peshawar. Shabqadar is located close to the Mohmand tribal region.
The blast left some vehicles on fire. After strenuous efforts by firefighters and volunteers, the blaze was put out, said senior lawyer Naveed Akhtar.
A former advocate general for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, Akhtar believed the attacker had come from Mohmand Agency, where the Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda militants have strongholds.
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