Suicide explosion in Kohat kills 9, wounds over 32

At least 9 people were killed and more than 32 others including Policemen were wounded in a suicide explosion Sunday morning at Pindi Road Kohat, located a few kilometers from a displaced people camp where two suicide blasts killed 41 on Saturday.

A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into Saddar Police Station in Kohat town, said District Police Officer (DPO) Dilawar Khan while talking to media.

He said that the bomber had used 250 kilograms of explosive in the incident. The DPO said that the explosion killed 7 people and wounded over 32 others including nine Policemen and two Paramilitary troopers. According to hospital sources, 9 people were killed in explosion.

The blast destroyed building of the Police station in Saddar area of Kohat and also caused damage to nearby buildings including a Primary school.

Police said that the school was closed because of weekly holiday on Sunday otherwise the attack could cause more casualties.

Khan said that suicide attacks are reaction to the ongoing military operation against the militants in tribal regions. He said the militants are regularly targeting security forces in frustration.

The blast at 07:15 am was heard in the whole city and witnesses said that they saw thick smoke in the air shortly after the blast.

Police said that the Police on suspicion tried to stop the vehicle and the bomber exploded the bomb as the Police stopped him from approaching the Police station.

Authorities have feared further rise in the death toll. This was the third suicide blast since Saturday in Kohat region. Police and other law enforcement agencies have arrived on the blast site and cordoned off entire Kohat district.

Earlier, two suicide explosions took place in the Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) camp, 25 kilometers from Kohat, that killed at 41 and wounded over 60 others.

On the other hand, President Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and other Political leaders strongly condemned a suicide blast in Kohat that killed several people. The President and Prime Minister in their separate messages expressed his condolences with the families of those who lost their lives in the dastardly terrorist act.

In a message, the President reiterated that such incidents would not deter the government’s resolve to fight terrorism. He said the government and people are determined to defeat terrorism and such gruesome acts cannot deter the resolve of the nation, which remains united to defeat the terrorists.

In a message, the Prime Minister ordered inquiry into the incident and directed best possible treatment for the injured. He expressed his deep sorrow and grief over the loss of life and prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the killed ones and grant courage to their families to bear this loss.

Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (N) Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, Chairman PTI Imran Khan, Federal Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik, Federal Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qiam Ali Shah, Chief Minister NWFP Amir Haider Khan Hoti, Governor Punjab Suleman Taseer, Chairperson BISP Farzana Raja, Governor NWFP Owais Ahmed Ghani, Quaid MQM Altaf Hussain, Chief JUI-F Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehman, President PML-Q Ch. Shujaat and other Political leaders condemned the terrorist act in Kohat in strongest term.

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