18 killed as bomb blast rips through passenger coach

KOHAT: At least 18 passengers have killed and several got injured in bomb blast in passenger coach here on Hangu road, Kohat on Monday morning.

According to police, a bomb blast occurred in a passenger coach coming from Hangu to Kohat killing 18 people and injuring several passengers.

Soon after the incident the rescue teams rushed at the site and shifted the injured to District Headquarter hospital.

There were conflicting reports of whether the blast was caused by a bomb or by the gas cylinder used to power the vehicle.

According to Eyewitnesses the blast occurred inside the coach.

The DPO Hangu Abdul Rasheed Khan has confirmed 16 deaths. He said that at the time of blast another bus was also passing through and the passengers of that bus were also injured. He said that injured include both men and women.

DPO said that there is a possibility that the blast occurred due to gas cylinder explosion as one of the coaches was carrying gas cylinders but the true facts would be ascertained after complete investigations.

The security Forces cordoned off the area and beefed up the security.

Meanwhile, IG Kohat has confirmed 18 deaths and said that the aspect of terrorism cannot be ruled out in the incident.

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