7 Killed, 123 Hurt in Pakistan Madrassa Blast

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The incident took place inside the Jamia Zuberia madrassa located in the city’s Dir Colony. — Anadolu Agency

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

PESHAWAR — At least seven people were killed and 123 others injured after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off inside a madrassa in Peshawar, Pakistan according to authorities.

The incident took place inside the Jamia Zuberia madrassa located in the city’s Dir Colony, and according to police sources, around 40-50 children were present when the bomb went off, The Express Tribune reported.

The madrassa’s administration said around 1,100 students are currently enrolled.

SP City Peshawar Waqar Azeem told The Express Tribune that an unidentified man entered the madrassa at around 8 a.m. and left a school bag in the premises.

He said the bag was believed to have had the IED device that went off when the children started coming in for their morning classes.

Assistant Inspector General of Bomb Disposal Squad (AIG) Shafqat Malik confirmed that 5 kg of explosives were used.

The bodies were shifted to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital.

Hospital Director Tariq Burki said of the seven victims, four were children, and at least 50 of the injured were also kids.

No terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.

Pakistan President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the blast, with the latter saying “we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice asap”, The Express Tribune reported.

“Deeply saddened by terrorist attack on madrassah in Peshawar. My condolences go to the victims families & prayers for early recovery of the injured,” Imran Khan tweeted after the attack.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has ordered the police to launch an immediate inquiry.

Former Prime Minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif said those who targeted the madrassa “could not be Muslims”, adding that Tuesday’s incident reminded him of the 2014 Peshawar Army Public School massacre in which 132 students and 17 staff were killed. — IANS

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