Deadly twin blasts in Pakistan court leaves 12 dead
Sept.2, Islamabad: At least 12 people were killed and 40 wounded when two bomb blasts went off at a district court in northwestern Pakistan, according to the officials.
A suicide bomber threw a hand grenade at police guards before storming into the compound and blowing himself up in the court in Mardan town in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
"So far we have recovered 12 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians, from the spot," Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the blasts took place, told the Reuters news agency.
According to the army, earlier, four suicide bombers who were trying to attack a Christian colony were killed during a gunfight with security forces outside the northwestern city of Peshawar.
Soldiers backed by army helicopters fought back the fighters who had tried to attack the colony near Warsak Dam, just north of Peshawar.
Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attacks. The group's spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, promised more attacks in a statement released to media.
Last month, the Pakistan Taliban faction and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL,also known as ISIS) both claimed responsibility for a suicide attack at a hospital in Pakistan's Quetta that killed at least 70 people, Al Jazeera reported.
The Oslo Times International News Network