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Charsadda Blast Kills 5 at Pakistan Court Complex

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Soldiers cordon off the area of suicide bombing in Charsadda, Pakistan. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
 

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 11:36 AM

A Charsadda, Pakistan blast in a court complex on Tuesday killed five people and injured 20 others, the latest wave of terrorism violence that has claimed more than 100 lives in a week.

Three attackers arrived at the court complex Charsadda district with assault rifles and hand grenades, reported Reuters. Authorities said one suspect blew himself up outside the court while the other two were shot and killed by police before they could enter the building.

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban faction Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to local media.

Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor, director general Inter-Services Public Relations, said in a Twitter post that the officers on duty "saved many lives," reported the Pakistani English-language publication Dawn.

 

 

SAMAA-TV reported that the chief ministers of Punjab, Sindh, and Balochistan all strongly condemned the terrorist attack. Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, called the event an incident of terrorism.

"The blasts came amid a fresh wave of terrorism in the country," wrote SAMAA-TV. "Multiple militant attacks, including a major suicide attack in Sehwan, took place last week, prompting countrywide security alert and crackdown against terrorists."

Dawn reported that more than 100 people have been killed in those attacks. Last Thursday, an explosive device was denoted in Awaran, Balochistan, killing three security officers. On the same day, a suicide bomber attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine killed 85 people and injured another 200, stated the publication.

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the shrine attack, the worst in the recent wave of terrorism in the country, reported Dawn.

Last Wednesday, five people were killed in a suicide bomber attack outside of a government office in the Mohmand Agency while one person died in a separate attack on a judge's vehicle in Peshwar, noted Dawn.

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