At least 14 killed, 52 wounded in suicide blast at Mardan district courts

Published: September 2, 2016
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TTP faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claims bombings at district courts. PHOTO: EXPRESS

TTP faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claims bombings at district courts. PHOTO: EXPRESS

PESHAWAR: The Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar on Friday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at Mardan’s district courts in which at least 14 people were killed and 52 others injured.

Six lawyers and two policemen were among the dead. The attack is the second in the space of hours in the region.

“First there was a small blast followed by a big blast,”chief rescue officer in Mardan Haris Habib said, adding that, “So far we recovered 14 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians.”

Soldiers cordon off a street leading to Christian colony following an attack by suicide bombers in Mardan on September 2, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

The attacker lobbed a hand grenade at the entrance of the court before exploding himself at the main gate of Mardan district courts, DPO Mardan told The Express Tribune.

Five killed in Peshawar Christian Colony attack; one civilian among dead

PHOTO: AFP

Meanwhile, police officials confirmed that the suicide bomber had between seven and eight kilogrammes of explosives on his body.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Friday’s latest bombing would “not shatter our unflinching resolve in our war against terrorism”.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan strongly condemned the blasts and has expressed sympathy with the bereaved families.

Earlier today, at least four terrorists were killed in what appears to be a failed attack at Christian Colony near Warsak Dam on the outskirts of Peshawar.

At least nine injured in Mardan suicide attack

One resident of the colony named Simon has been killed and two security guards and a police constable are also said to be seriously wounded in the attack.

At least four terrorists tried to enter Chrisitan Colony in Warsak village near Warsak Dam where an Army air defence unit is also stationed.

The security guards and police deployed at the gate of the Christian Colony exchanged fire with terrorists and in the gun battle all four terrorists were killed.

“There are four bodies of terrorists and they look like suicide bombers as some of them are in pieces. One Chrisitan has been killed while two private security guards Khud Ali and Najeem and one police constable Sajjad have been wounded seriously,” said a police official on the condition of anonymity.

Army chief inquires after blast victims

Meanwhile, Army chief General Raheel Sharif visited the Mardan Medical Complex and inquired after the injured victims of the blast. He also directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical care to those admitted at the hospital.

Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said the scourge of terrorism will be eradicated completely, saying the entire nation was united for this cause.

Imran meets Gen Raheel

PTI chairman Imran Khan briefly met General Raheel at the helipad in Mardan where the two leaders had arrived to visit those injured in the terrorist attack.

According to Express News, Imran said there was a lack of implementation on National Action Plan and stressed Fata reforms to plug loopholes for terrorism. Fata should be included in K-P, and reforms should be implemented on a fast-track basis, he added.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • FAZ
    Sep 2, 2016 - 11:03AM

    A surge in terror activities has taken place in KPK and Balochistan and we all know whyRecommend

  • zoro
    Sep 2, 2016 - 11:21AM

    @FAZ:
    You were told to keep off Kashmir … you haven’t been listening for last 67 year …
    Well … India is think out of the box now …Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Sep 2, 2016 - 11:45AM

    OMG not again.Recommend

  • CowardMan
    Sep 2, 2016 - 12:02PM

    General should have avoided to directly challanging Modi, The reaction at short notice shows the power of enemy….Recommend

  • Pakistan
    Sep 2, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Divert attention and destabilise KPK. Welltimed by PML N to sabotage PTI and PAT rallies. Country is not important but Panamaleaks is. It is leaking.Recommend

  • ab
    Sep 2, 2016 - 1:02PM

    This attacks will only stop when compromise will end. Our system don’t punish people who are pulling the stings.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Sep 2, 2016 - 1:16PM

    @zoro:
    You talk as if you harken back to the good ole’ Delhi and Mumbai shoot em’ up days…? Because if that’s what you want, there are others who can think out of many boxes as well !Recommend

  • vinsin
    Sep 2, 2016 - 3:41PM

    @FAZ:
    Terrorists activities in KPK and Baluchistan is all time low and security situation has improved. You dont know anything and will run away if someone ask for evidence.Recommend

  • Feroz
    Sep 2, 2016 - 3:46PM

    All the terror groups good or bad are linked together at the hip. Cannot eliminate any one when other groups exist to shelter and protect them. Take them all out expeditiously, else every alternate day we will keep reading this same news of attacks, only place of attack being different.Recommend

  • Muhammad Furqan
    Sep 2, 2016 - 4:09PM

    May Allah protect Pakistan ameenRecommend

  • Sandip
    Sep 2, 2016 - 4:41PM

    Tubby and his cohorts need to realize there are no good terrorists. For every good terrorist you feed, a bad one also gets fed. Unless you cut off support to all your terrorist proxies, no amount of tweeting is going to save Pakistan from these monsters.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Sep 2, 2016 - 5:05PM

    Only a fool would blame PML(N) or Punjabi Army. These terrorists first target is always judicial system. A country in which courts are not working is a dead country. Terrorists know it but some fools are confusing nation.Recommend

  • Hashaam
    Sep 2, 2016 - 5:15PM

    @zoro: Is that confirmation that India sponsors and uses terrorists? Finally, even Indians are opening their eyes to the truth. The rest of the world was already aware of it, but for years you Indians been covering your eyes and ears and denying obvious truths. Glad to see come commonsense being used by our neighbours for once. Recommend

  • iqbal
    Sep 2, 2016 - 7:44PM

    Thank you RS.Recommend

  • B
    Sep 2, 2016 - 7:44PM

    Majority of Muslim Pakistanis have death culture and not life culture.Recommend

  • Maaz Ahmad
    Sep 2, 2016 - 11:41PM

    A salam to all viewers…Recommend

  • Raham Raham nawab
    Sep 3, 2016 - 1:10PM

    Allah protect the all pakistani from these animalesRecommend

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