South Asia

At Least Six Killed, 14 Injured in Suicide Blast Outside Pakistan Court

Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda, Pakistan. Credit: Reuters

Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda, Pakistan. Credit: Reuters

Peshawar: At least six persons were killed and 14 injured in a suicide blast and firing by terrorists outside a court in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today.

Security forces killed three suicide attackers outside the court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, police said.

The three attackers attempted to enter the court premises in Tangi town through the main gate. They opened fire and threw grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by security forces deployed there.

One bomber was killed in the firing at the gate and the second was killed as he entered the court. The third bomber died when he detonated his explosives, officials said.

Deputy commissioner of Charsadda said judges and lawyers were safe. He said due to tight security the bombers could not enter the court, but had they been successful in entering the premises it “would have been a catastrophe”.

A search and rescue operation was underway, he added.

Ambulances have been rushed to Charsadda from Peshawar, approximately 30 km away, where the Lady Reading Hospital has been put on high alert.

The latest attack came as security has been tightened across Pakistan after a recent wave of terrorist strikes killed more than 100 people.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber killed 88 people at a famed Sufi shrine in Sindh province. Following the attack, the army launched an offensive against militants and claimed to have killed more than 130 terrorists across the country.

A suicide bomber had struck a local court in Charsadda’s Shabqadar area last year in March, killing 17 people.