Seven killed, 21 injured as sessions court in Charsadda comes under attack

Published: February 21, 2017
Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Policemen stand guard at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS Several critically injured as a result of the explosion, eyewitnesses say. PHOTO: EXPRESS

CHARSADDA / ISLAMABAD: At least seven people, including a lawyer were killed and 21 others injured as a sessions court in Charsadda was hit by multiple suicide bombers Tuesday morning.

Attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate, witnesses said, adding they opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court premises.

One bomber was briefly on the loose inside the busy complex in the Tangi area of Charsadda district but was killed by police some 20 minutes after the attack began, officials said.

A second bomber was shot dead by security forces and a third died when he detonated his vest outside the main gates of the facility in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to police.

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“So far seven people have been killed and 15 wounded,” Sohail Khalid, district police chief, said. The death toll was also confirmed by K-P Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office condemned the latest assault.

“We are a steadfast nation and will not be deterred by such attacks. Our government will continue to fight against terrorist elements and we will succeed,” a statement said.

“Bomb disposal experts told us that each bomber was wearing seven to eight kilogrammes of explosives,” Khalid told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

An investigator takes notes at a courthouse after an attack by suicide bombers in Charsadda on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

Town resident Mohammad Shah Baz told Reuters he was inside the judicial complex when the suicide bombers stormed it. “I escaped towards the canteen and climbed the wall to save my life. But there were many people dead and injured,” he said.

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Army chief lauds security forces

Army chief general Qamar javed Bajwa lauded response by security forces to Charsadda explosions, saying “first tier police response saved many lives.”

Pakistan has been hit by a series of suicide bomb attacks in recent days, claiming more than 100 lives.

At least 88 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sindh’s Sehwan town last week. In response, Pakistan launched a security crackdown, killing over 100 militants.

TTP-JA claims responsibility

The proscribed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)’s faction Jamaatul Ahrar (JA) claimed responsibility for the attack. “We claim responsibility for the attack, which is part of our Ghazi operation,” the group’s spokesperson Asad Mansoor said in a phone call to the media.

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Reader Comments (20)

  • Sharath Chandra
    Feb 21, 2017 - 11:53AM

    Move heavy artillery towards the district courts in Tangi, Charsadda.Recommend

  • Laiba
    Feb 21, 2017 - 12:33PM

    May Allah protect all… clearly nepotism has reeked and metastasised in our establishment and agencies…it is a failure of both…death of merit dishonesty and the wrong people on the wrong posts…this is what you reap when you sow crinyismRecommend

  • Sara
    Feb 21, 2017 - 12:38PM

    Panama hearings going on… Multiple attacks against lawyers… Coincidence?Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:23PM

    Another day and another massacre of innocent lives, All because of our so-called “Afghan brothers” who are just acting as a puppet in the hands of our enemies. They should realize early otherwise its too late for them as well.Recommend

  • JKhan
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:23PM

    Punjab and Sindh Police learn from KPK Police. This is the difference between the corrupt and the competent. Well done KPK.Recommend

  • xof
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:33PM

    As per recent research, afghans are one of the most frustrated nations of the planet. Their frustration is destroying them and is being channeled for the use of other powers for their causes.Recommend

  • Giri
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:37PM

    Pakistan is imploding from within. It is high time US, India and China meet to discuss how to save Pakistan and especially safeguard nuclear weapons in Pakistan. The world powers now need to look into what is going on.Recommend

  • nadeem
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:47PM

    Chicken coming home to roost ( Pakistan has been in the chicken farming business since December 1979, at the cost of education, health care, jobs, economy, infrastructure, safety, stability….. at the cost of everything )Recommend

  • Feroz
    Feb 21, 2017 - 1:59PM

    This beast has to be identified, isolated and destroyed. Beasts are beasts and classifying them as good and bad a cardinal mistake that will continue to cost innocent lives. Time to stop talking and boasting, without massive public pressure to implement every section of NAP, government will keep napping. Start with the nurseries indoctrinating these extremists, identify and prosecute the trainers, snatch the loudspeakers from those motivating the vulnerable with hate speeches and bust the hideouts. Talk is cheap, life is not !Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:01PM

    @Sharath Chandra: towards Eastern neighbor also supporting terror through Afghanistan Recommend

  • Bilal
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:10PM

    Everybody missed the joke you cracked.Recommend

  • Atif
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:11PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    We will move it towards Dehli. How about that ?Recommend

  • Raghu
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:26PM

    You have a valid point. They were not frustrated before US came in. Hence, US is the main problem.Recommend

  • Shafqat
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:28PM

    Detach Pakistan from Sharif Family to save country. They are not eligible; Pakistan need technocrat setup to get rid of all issues.Recommend

  • Omar
    Feb 21, 2017 - 2:33PM

    Modi’s PR agents are working day and night to somehow “enlighten” the world. Clapping!Recommend

  • Asif
    Feb 21, 2017 - 3:34PM

    @nadeem: Pakistan has shut down its nursery from June 2014. It’s now our hostile neighbors (Both India and Afghanistan) that have adopted these thrown chickens. They should realize they are playing with the deadly fire that sooner or later will start burning their house too.Recommend

  • mk
    Feb 21, 2017 - 3:38PM

    Giri, Pakistan has been in far worse situations than today. Those who have a memory longer than today know that. Pakistan has bounced back with strength, and has schooled those who sought to isolate it on the world stage. Recommend

  • Solat
    Feb 21, 2017 - 4:21PM

    @Giri I can only laugh at your comments. India is already involve in spreading terror in the region then how can it save Pakistan.Recommend

  • Shah
    Feb 21, 2017 - 9:59PM

    We are sure that at least ‘one’ will explode in your behind; Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 21, 2017 - 10:46PM

    @Sharath Chandra:
    Tangi is miles away from the Afghan border; it is not easy to move the old artillery pieces. Besides, the mobile pieces are stationed in Islamabad to protect the GHQ.

    Rex MinorRecommend

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