KOHAT: At least 15 people were killed and several were injured in a bomb blast at the main market of Darra Adamkhel on Saturday, security officials said.
Rescue efforts were initiated and the injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.
Security forces cordoned off the area and a search operation was initiated.
Being the main market of the area, Firdous Market was crowded when the bomb blast took place.
Reuters reported that the incident was a suicide bombing while Express News reported that the bomb was planted in a mini truck.
The target of the attack in the town of Darra Adam Khel appeared to be members of a pro-government militia created to fight Taliban militants, the officials said, adding that the death toll may rise because scores of people were wounded.
The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Darra Adamkhel spokesperson, who called from an undisclosed location, said the group had nothing to do with the explosion.
“Innocent people were killed, we condole with the families,” Muhammad Afridi told The Express Tribune. “We do not target marketplaces.”
At least 10 shops were also destroyed in the blast and many vehicles were damaged.
More in KP & FATA‘Malala should be Ambassador for Peace’