CHARSADDA: Terrorism returned on Tuesday when six people were martyred in militants’ suicide attack on a local court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda district, Samaa reported.
All three suicide bombers were also eliminated as security forces foiled the attack. Six people, including four policemen, were martyred and 20 others were injured.
Police said the suicide bombers attacked a local court in Tangi tehsil of Charsadda close to Mohmand Agency.
According to DPO Charsadda, one of the terrorists blew himself up the court’s entrance while two managed to enter the building where a large number of lawyers and litigants were present and judges were hearing cases.
They opened indiscriminate fire on people. Police commandos and security forces quickly responded and killed the two bombers following exchange of fire that lasted for about 30 minutes, police said.
In the shootout, four policemen and two passersby were martyred.
Law enforcement agencies rushed to the scene and cordoned off the area that hosts several government offices.
Those injured were rushed to district hospital.
Meanwhile, army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa lauded security forces for a swift and effective response to the attack.
#COAS lauds security forces' response to Charsada Blast. First tier Police response has saved many lives. Shares grief on loss of lives.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 21, 2017
“COAS lauds security forces' response to Charsada Blast. First tier Police response has saved many lives. Shares grief on loss of lives,” tweeted DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor.
Chief Ministers of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan have strongly condemned the terrorist attack. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, also strongly condemned the incident of terrorism.
The blasts came amid a fresh wave of terrorism in the country. Multiple militant attacks, including a major suicide attack in Sehwan, took place last week, prompting countrywide security alert and crackdown against terrorists. – Samaa