More than dozen were killed and scores left wounded in two separate terror attack in North-west Pakistan Friday morning. In a first incident, four heavily-armed suicide attackers tried to storm a Christian colony in Peshawar leaving one person killed before shot down by the security agency. Hours later a suicide bomber blew himself up at crowded Mardan district courts, killing 12 people and wounding 52 others.
While this is second terror attack on Pakistan’s legal community, minority Christian community have repeatedly come under attack by terrorists off-late.
At the Mardan district courts, the attacker detonated a hand grenade before exploding his suicide vest among the morning crowds at the main gate of the court complex.
“First there was a small blast followed by a big blast,” chief rescue officer in Mardan Haris Habib said.
“So far we have recovered 12 bodies of lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot,” Habib was quoted as saying by the Pakistan press.
A state of emergency has been declared at local hospitals and security has been tightened in all adjoining areas.
This was second attack on Pakistan’s legal community. Last month, a blast in southern Balochistan province capital Quetta killed more than 70 people, nearly wiping out the senior lawyers of the city.
Earlier, hours before the terror attack in the court complex, the minority Christian community once again came under the dastardly attack after four heavily-armed suicide attackers tried to storm a Christian colony in Peshawar.
Though they all were gunned down by the security forces in an intense gunfire exchange, one person was killed and several residents of the colony were left wounded.
Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Lt-Gen Asim Bajwa tweeted that all four terrorists have been killed.
“Terrorist attacked Christian Colony Warsak Road, Peshawar. Security forces promptly responded. All 4 suicide bombers killed. Search in progress,” Bajwa tweeted.
While no outfit has claimed responsibility for the attack, such attacks are blamed on the Taliban and its local outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban. A Taliban suicide bomber had targeted Christians in Lahore at Easter this year, killing more than 70 people.
(With inputs from the Agencies)