Suicide bombers hit court complex in Pakistan, 5 dead

Policemen stand guard outside the court after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan Feb 21, 2017, 07.24 AM (IST)

 Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Islamist violence.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction claimed responsibility for the attack in the northwestern town of Charsadda.

All three of the attackers were carrying hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, Ijaz Khan, police chief in the northwestern district of Charsadda, told Reuters.

 

Pakistani Taliban's Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction claim responsibility for suicide attack in Pakistan's northwestern town of Charsadda, killing at least four. Here's more to this story. (WION)

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Besides lawyers and judges, hundreds of litigants visit the building every day.

 

People transport an injured man in the Charsadda blast to a hospital in Peshawar. (Reuters)

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The district administration had earlier said at least four people were killed. A witness told Reuters he had seen "many" dead bodies at the scene.

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A string of bombings in Pakistan over the past 10 days has killed more than 100 people. Town resident Mohammad Shah Baz told Reuters he was inside the judicial complex when the suicide bombers stormed it.

"I escaped towards the canteen and climbed the wall to save my life. But there were many people dead and injured," he said.

District police chief Sohail Khalid said at least one of the attackers blew himself up and another opened fire at the main entrance of the court compound before they were shot and killed.

Jamaat-ur-Ahrar spokesman Asad Mansoor claimed responsibility for the attack in a message to journalists. 

(Reuters)