Pakistan courthouse attack kills 11
September 2nd, 2016 at 5:29 pm
Pakistan courthouse attack kills 11

International desk – At least 11 people were killed and scores others injured after a suicide bomber exploded grenade in a courthouse of northern Pakistani city of Mardan, officials said on Friday.

According to a BBC report, the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb. At least 30 people were injured, reported the broadcaster.

Also on Friday, four suicide bombers targeted a Christian neighbourhood near Peshawar before being shot dead.

Both attacks took place in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, and were claimed by Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

Militants have targeted lawyers in the past, including a bomb attack in Quetta last month that killed 18 lawyers. That attack was also claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahrar.

Ijaz Khan, deputy inspector general of police for Mardan district, told reporters three lawyers and two police officers were among the dead at the courthouse.

The suicide bomber attempted to reach the court’s bar room, where several lawyers had congregated – but was shot by police before he could enter, Mr Khan said.