PESHAWAR, (SANA): At least five persons died and 33 others injured in the result of a suicide attack in Judicial Complex in Peshawar. One terrorist blew himself up outside the court of Additional Session Judge Kulsoom Azam; meanwhile other was shot dead in result of police firing. The forces later on cleared the complex building after search operation.
Capital City Police Officer Imtiaz Altaf confirmed that two suicide bombers entered the judicial complex and opened indiscriminate firing on the policemen performing guard duty at the entrance and entered the complex. The CCPO added that “one of them (attackers) was shot dead by the police while the other blew himself up inside the court premises causing damage to the walls and doors.”
He further said that three people were killed and 25 others were injured.
He added that there was no hostage situation as only two attackers had entered the complex and one of them was gunned down by the law enforcement agencies while the other blew himself up in the court of additional sessions judge Kalsoom Azam. The explosion shattered windowpanes of office buildings.
Several members of banned organizations including Sufi Mohammad have been imprisoned in the jail adjacent to the judicial complex.
The law enforcement personnel cordoned off the area and launched operation against the attackers.
DCO Peshawar has confirmed that four persons were killed and 26 others were injured in the attack. The injured were included three policemen, women and lawyers.
The military personnel and other security men launched a search operation after the incident.
The bomb disposal squad official Zahid Khan told media that the suicide vest of the bomber was removed after he was being shot dead, adding that “one of his arm was blown up as the hand grenade he was carrying exploded.”
Chief Secretary Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Ghulam Dastagir Khan speaking to media in the hospital said that four people died in the attack while 25 others have been injured including four policemen.
Provincial Information Minster Mian Iftikhar Hussain said that the attack clearly showed the militants wanted to sabotage the upcoming elections and disrupt the democratic process Mian Iftikhar HUssian said that the explosion was a suicide blast.
He added, it appears the militants wanted to carry out attacks before the start of election process so as to delay the elections or get them postponed.
The injured were shifted to the nearby Lady reading Hospital where the condition of three victims was reported as critical.
Eye witnesses said the attackers also hurled hand grenades on the office of session judge. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Scores were injured in stampede as the powerful explosion sent people running out of their offices. A large number of lawyers and litigants were present inside the building when the blast rocked it.
Pakistan army troops entered the court compound and evacuated the building where scores of people, including some security men and police personnel were held hostage.
Exchange of fire between terrorists and security forces was also reported.