Islamabad: At least eight people, including two police personnel, were killed and 16 injured on Monday in a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, police said. The bomber blew himself up as he was intercepted by a security personnel while attempting to enter a court premises in Charsadda district, Dawn online quoted district police officer Sohail Khalid as saying. The injured people were transferred to nearby hospital, the officer said.
Awami National Party (ANP) chief Zahid Khan criticised the provincial government for “inadequate security measures”. The sound of the explosion was so intense that it could be heard from miles away, an eyewitness said. A rescue team was rushed to the site while a search operation was going on in the area.
The police and security officials have cordoned off the area. The attack came as law-enforcement agencies were implementing National Action Plan (NAP) and taking counter-terrorism measures across the country. A total of 2,159 terrorists have been killed and 1,724 arrested since the NAP was launched after the TTP-claimed attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on December 16, 2014.