CHARSADDA: At least 11 people including three police officers lost their lives while 24 others got injured in a blast near a court building in Shabqadar tehsil of Charsadda district here on Monday, Aaj News reported.
According to the reports, DPO Sohail Khalid confirmed the casualties in the blast. Five police officers were among the injured, sources claimed.
Police said a suicide bomber blew himself up after security officials stopped him at entrance of the local court.
Saeed Wazir, another police official, said that the attacker targeted the court building in the town of Shabqadar.
“The suicide bomber was trying to enter the judicial complex and he blew himself up when the police stopped him,” said Wazir.
Eyewitnesses described a huge explosion at the scene.
According to reports, a large contingent of paramilitary forces and police personnel had reached the location following the blast, and the injured were moved to the Shabqadar Civil Hospital.
Tehsil Headquarter Hospital announced emergency at the hospital. Most of the injured are said to be in critical condition.
The security forces have cordoned off the area and started search operation.
Shabqadar, located about 150kms (90 miles) northwest of the capital Islamabad, is adjacent to the Mohmand tribal area, which has seen several attacks in recent days.
On March 1, a remote-controlled roadside bomb targeted a convoy of vehicles traveling in Mohmand, killing two Pakistani employees of the United States Consulate in nearby Peshawar.
About two weeks earlier, on Feb 18, Taliban gunmen killed nine Pakistani paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks on checkposts in Mohmand.
Both earlier attacks were claimed by the Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s attack.
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has been waging an insurgency against the Pakistani state since 2007, in a bid to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
A series of military operations in Pakistan’s volatile tribal areas – the latest of which was 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.
Breaking Date: 7-03-2016Breaking is :: charsaddah : Shab Qadar Kachehri Mein Dhamak Imdadi Teams Rawana (Reported by Kifaayt Ullah )
Posted by AAJ Breaking News on Sunday, 6 March 2016
Aaj News/ Reuters