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17 killed in Pakistan suicide bombing

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 March 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Peshawar, March 7: At least 17 people were killed on Monday when a suicide bomber detoted his explosives-laden vest in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, police said.

A Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) factiol group Jamatul Ahrar, in an emailed statement, claimed responsibility for the attack, terming it as a “revenge of the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri”, killer of former Punjab governor Salman Taseer. The blast in Charsadda district of the province left over 30 people injured. Two policemen and a woman were among the 17 dead.

Official sources at a nearby hospital told Dawn they received 13 bodies, while the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar received four. A local police official Sohail Khalid told media that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The attacker was intercepted by policemen stationed at the court gate while attempting to enter the court premises. The cops fired at the attacker who detoted his explosives-laden vest.

At the time of the explosion, the courts were crowded after a break over the weekend.

Some vehicles parked in the vicinity of the blast site caught fire. Security and emergency teams reached the blast site and sealed the area.

The incident came at a time when law-enforcement agencies are said to be making gains in implementation of the tiol Action Plan (P) and taking counter-terrorism measures across the country.

The TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has been waging an insurgency against the state since 2007 in a bid to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

A series of military operations in tribal areas — the latest of which was Zarb-e-Azb launched in 2014 — have reduced the TTP’s ability to hit major targets regularly, but attacks on security and civilian targets do continue to occur.

Sympathising deeply with the bereaved families, Prime Minister waz Sharif deeply condemned the terrorist attack. (IANS)

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