Peshawar: At least eight people were killed and 15 others injured today when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a court in this northwestern Pakistani city, police said.

The incident occurred in a lower court of Shabqadar tehsil bordering the volatile Mohmand area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

According to police in Charsadda district, the suicide bomber detonated his vest inside the court premises, killing eight people including a policeman and wounded 15 others. The police said the bomber was intercepted but managed to explode his vest wrapped around his body. The casualty figure could also increase further.

The blast occurred when scores of people were present in the court premises. The injured are being rushed to hospital. Security forces and police cordoned off the area and started an investigation.

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