One killed in suicide attack on Peshawar judges

Outlawed TTP claims responsibility for the attack

Iftikhar Firdous/Riaz Ahmad February 15, 2017
The blast targeted a government van (A-5597), while it was on its way to Judges Colony in the Hayatabad, Peshawar. PHOTO: IFTIKHAR FIRDOUS

PESHAWAR: At least one person was killed and four civil judges injured when a suicide bomber rammed his motorbike into a court van in Peshawar on Wednesday.

Talking to The Express Tribune, CCPO Tahir Khan said driver of the van carrying the judges was killed in the incident in Phase 5, Hayatabad area of the provincial capital. "The condition of the judges is out of danger now," he added.

CCPO Peshawar said body parts of the suicide bomber were found, saying around 15 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack.

The deceased was identified as Khurshid, whereas the injured included civil judges Asif Jadoon, Asifa, Rabia and Tehreema.

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The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) later claimed responsibility for the attack.

The attack came a two days after a suicide attack in Lahore, which claimed 13 lives – including those of two senior police officers.

Pakistan has seen a dramatic improvement in security since the Peshawar attack, which left more than 150 people dead, mostly children, and prompted a government and military crackdown.

The army intensified a long-awaited operation in the semi-autonomous tribal areas, where militants had previously operated with impunity, and the government launched a vaunted National Action Plan against extremism.

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