Islamabad: At least seven people were killed and more than 70 were wounded in the explosion that struck Peshawar in Pakistan on Tuesday. According to Geo News, the explosion was reported in Dir Colony.
Geo News, citing Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Chief Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi and other police officials, reported that an explosion inside Peshawar’s Dir Colony’s seminary killed at least seven people and wounded more than 50 others.
Children and instructors are among the victims because an explosion occurred while classes were in progress at a religious school. According to Rescue 1122, the injured were transferred to Lady Reading Hospital and other medical facilities, where several of them were found to be in critical condition.
Doctors said that more casualties are feared because some of the injured children are in critical condition.
Meanwhile, the police and rescue team arrived at the scene and began a rescue operation. A police official said it was too early to talk about the nature of the explosion.
Local police are also trying to determine the nature of the explosion.
KP Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra also confirmed the death toll.
No group claimed responsibility for the attack.
“Most of the dead and injured people were hit by ball bearings, and some were badly burned,” said an official at Mohammed Asym Khan Hospital. All those who died were men between the ages of 20 and 40, he said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the incident and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured. Condemning the incident, KP Minister Shaukat Yousufzai said that Supreme Minister Mahmood Khan called a meeting to discuss the security situation. He said Quetta and Peshawar received threat alerts based on what security enhancements were enforced.
Mariam Nawaz, vice-president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), expressed condolences to the victims and their families, calling this a “severe incident”.