Peshawar suicide bombing kills 10

Peshawar suicide bombing kills 10

50 injured in blast outside court complex

Peshawar suicide bombing kills 10

The bomber, who came to the court complex in a rickshaw, tried to flee when he was challenged by police, said North West Frontier Province Senior Minister Bashir Bilour.

He blew himself up when the police opened fire, the minister told reporters at the site of the explosion. Ten people, including two policemen and as many lawyers, were killed in the blast.

Nearly 50 injured people were brought to Lady Reading Hospital and four of them were in a serious condition. Several policemen, lawyers and passers-by were among the injured.

Bilour said there could have been more casualties if the bomber had managed to enter the sessions court complex on Jail Road, a high-security area. To a question about claims that India and the US were behind such attacks, he said: “No Americans or RAW agents are carrying out these blasts.”

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Monday’s bombing, but most of such attacks in the last few months have been blamed on the Pakistani Taliban.
The sessions court complex is located a short distance from a hostel for provincial legislators, the provincial home department, Peshawar Museum, Central Jail and Governor’s House. The explosion sparked a fire that destroyed the auto-rickshaw used by the bomber and several cars.

Bomb disposal squad officials said the head, legs and body parts of the bomber and parts of the suicide jacket had been found. Six to seven kilograms of explosives were used in the attack, they said.