Islamabad, February 21: At least five innocent civilians are killed and 12 others are injured in three deadly bomb blasts that took place at the local court of Tangi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Charsadda district on Tuesday afternoon. Importantly, the banned Jamaat-ul-Ahraar has claimed the responsibility for this attack.
The group of three terrorists tried to enter the court by firing on the police personnel. One suicide bomber blew up himself and other two were shot dead by the police. The injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Tangi immediately. According to hospital sources, death toll can be increased as few wounded are in the critical stage. Meanwhile, Emergency has been declared in all hospitals of Charsadda and Peshawar.
It was not immediately clear how many people were inside, but hundreds of people including lawyers, judges and citizens normally attend such district court complexes every day. Eyewitnesses said the remains of the bombers were lying on the roadside along with their explosives and ammunition.
District Police Officer of Charsadda, Sohail Khalid said three attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate and opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces. He said the security forces shot two of them dead, while one suicide bomber blew himself.
Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Charsadda. Meanwhile, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in premises of Tangi Sessions Court, Charsadda.
On the other side, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has lauded the security forces' prompt response to Charsadda Blast.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also strongly condemned the blast in Charsada district. He expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.The Minister also appreciated the performance of the police.
Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, whose party rules in KP, lauded quick action by the police that averted a higher death toll.
Interestingly, Charsadda is a nearly 40-minute drive from KP’s provincial capital Peshawar, and has been a target of terror attacks for nearly a decade. A suicide bomber had struck a local court in Charsadda's Shabqadar area last year in March, killing 17 people. That attack too was claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahraar.
Notably, Pakistan is experiencing the fresh resurgence in terror attacks. In the last 10 days, over 100 people have killed in the series of terror attacks in Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Fata and Punjab. On Feb 16, in what is said to be the worst attack in the recent surge of terrorism, a suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan saw over 85 people dead while more than 200 were injured. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group. The same day, on Feb 16, an IED blast in Awaran, Balochistan left three security officials dead.
On Feb 15, five people lost their lives in a suicide blast outside a government office in Mohmand Agency. JuA had claimed the responsibility for the attack. In a separate suicide attack on Feb 15, one person died as a suicide attacker targeted a judges' vehicle in Peshawar. TTP claimed the attack. On Feb 13, a suicide blast on Lahore's Mall road saw 13 people dead and 85 injured. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility. In another incident on Feb 13, two Bomb Disposal Squad personnel were killed in Quetta while trying to defuse a roadside bomb at Sariab road.