South Asia

Peshawar: At Least 13 Killed in Suicide Bombings in Two Separate Attacks

Army soldiers stand guard at a street after suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Khyber Agency near Peshawar, Pakistan, September 2, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Fayaz Aziz

Army soldiers stand guard at a street after suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighbourhood in Khyber Agency near Peshawar, Pakistan, September 2, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Fayaz Aziz

Peshawar: At least 12 people were killed and 52 wounded when two bomb blasts were detonated outside a district court in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, a rescue official said.

“So far we recovered 12 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot,” Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the blasts took place, told Reuters.

The attacker detonated a hand grenade before exploding his suicide vest among the morning crowds at the court, the district police officer said. At least one of the dead is a police officer, local media reported.

The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital and an emergency has been declared at hospitals in the area.

Earlier in the day, at least four suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighbourhood in the Khyber tribal region earlier in the day killing at least one person.

The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a Christian neighbourhood in northwestern Pakistan where at least one security guard was killed.

Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said there were “several deaths” in the attack on the neighbourhood near Warsak Dam, in the Khyber tribal region, 20 km northwest of the city of Peshawar.

The attackers, wearing suicide vests and carrying firearms, exchanged fire with security forces and were killed, the military said in a statement. Two solders, a policeman and two civilian security guards were wounded, it added.

With inputs from Reuters and PTI.