At least Ten martyred in Kohat blast, several wounded

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Sunday, 23 February 2014

kohat1An explosion on Hangu road near Police Lines area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Kohat district on Sunday martyred at least Ten passengers and injured several others.

Police official Iqbal Khan told AP that Ten people had martyred and another 10 were wounded in the Sunday blast in

Kohat by Takfiri Taliban terrorists, which borders lawless tribal areas near the Afghan border. Sources said that majority of the martyred passengers were belongs from Shia community of Hangu and Parachinar.

Meanwhile, district police chief Salim Khan Marwat talking to AFP said “After getting the latest reports from the hospitals where the dead bodies and injured were taken, we can now confirm that 10 people have been killed and 14 others are injured.”

Security and rescue teams rushed to the site of explosion which was heard across a long distance.

Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Nasir Khan Durrani, said that the blast took place near a passenger vehicle at Peshawar chowk on Hangu road.

Rejecting the notion that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber, he said that it appeared to have been carried out using a planted device.

Durrani further said that according to initial reports, five kilograms of explosives were used in the blast which were planted in a wooden crate placed on the roadside.

The explosives were detonated as a passenger wagon reached Peshawar chowk injuring the occupants of the vehicle and the driver of a rickshaw parked nearby.

The victims were shifted to Liaquat Memorial Hospital whereas security personnel cordoned off the area. The Bomb Disposal Squad had also reached the blast site.

Further details of the attack and nature of the blast were not known till the filing of this report.

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