15 dead, more than 100 wounded in Peshawar blast
Geo News confirmed that at least 15 people were killed and more than 100 wounded in a bomb explosion inside a seminary in Peshawar’s Dil Colony on Tuesday, citing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief Sanaullah Abbasi and officials from the hospital. Police and ambulance personnel arrived and conducted investigations at the crime scene. Initial investigations found that the time-bomb had been planted inside a container, KP Police said.
At the time of the explosion, there were nearly 1,000 children in the seminary. The bulk of casualties are children and teachers, when the explosion happened during religious school lectures. Among the injured were teachers and boys as young as 7, according to AFP.The wounded were transferred to Lady Reading Hospital, where at least five were seriously ill. LRH officials reported that they had received at least seven bodies and more than 70 wounded. Another 36 were moved to the Babar Memorial Hospital of Naseerullah.
The death toll was also confirmed by KP Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra. No party asserted liability for the attack. “Some of those killed and wounded were struck by ball bearings and some were seriously burned,” Muhammad Asim Khan, a hospital official, told AFP. All the dead were men who were between the ages of 20 and 40, he added. Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has held a meeting to address the security situation, KP Minister ShaukatYousufzai said.
He disclosed that Quetta and Peshawar were on a danger warning after which protection was improved.Yousufzai said the workers and children of the seminary were soft targets. “For vulnerable targets, terrorists still strive. For a long time, this place has been quiet,’ he added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan firmly condemned the attack, praying for the wounded to recover soon. I want to tell my country that we will put to justice the terrorists responsible for this brazen barbaric attack