Pakistan: 'Suicide bombers killed' after targeting courthouse

    Pakistan: 'Suicide bombers killed' after targeting courthouse

    Feb.21, Lahore: At least five people have been killed and more than 15 wounded in an attack on a courthouse in north-west Pakistan, according to the officials. 

    Local media reported that three suicide bombers were killed after they tried to enter the court in the Tangi area of Charsadda district. Explosions and gunfire could be heard. The suicide bombers reportedly threw hand grenades and opened fire as they tried enter the court premises. 

    One bomber blew himself up and the others were killed, although one report said one attacker was still alive and on the loose inside the court complex.

    The Pakistani Taliban group Jamaat-ur-Ahrar says it carried out the attack, the latest in a number of bombings to hit the country in recent days.

    At least one lawyer is reported to be among the dead. A witness told Reuters he had seen "many" dead bodies.

    Pakistan has been hit by a wave of suicide bomb attacks claimed by various Islamist militant groups in recent days.

    At least 80 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a shrine in the southern town of Sehwan last week in an attack claimed by the so-called Islamic State (IS).

    In response, Pakistan launched a security crackdown - which included closing border crossings with Afghanistan - and claims it killed 100 militants, media reports said.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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