A strong bomb blast ripped by means of an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani metropolis of Peshawar on Tuesday morning, killing at least seven college students and wounding 112 others, police and a hospital spokesman mentioned.
The bombing occurred as a outstanding spiritual scholar throughout a particular class was delivering a lecture in regards to the teachings of Islam at the principle corridor of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, mentioned police officer Waqar Azim. He mentioned preliminary investigations counsel the bomb went off minutes after somebody left a bag at the madrassa.
TV footage confirmed the broken fundamental corridor of the seminary, the place the bombing befell. The corridor was plagued by damaged glass and its carpet was stained with blood. Police mentioned at least 11 kilos of explosives have been used in the assault.
Several of the wounded college students have been in crucial situation, and hospital authorities feared the loss of life toll may climb additional. Authorities mentioned some seminary lecturers and staff have been additionally wounded in the bombing.
Initially, police mentioned the bombing killed and wounded kids however later they mentioned virtually the entire college students have been in their mid-20s.
Shortly after the assault, residents rushed to the seminary to investigate cross-check their sons or family who have been finding out there. Many family have been gathering at the town’s fundamental Lady Reading Hospital, the place the lifeless and wounded college students have been introduced by police in ambulances and different autos.
Some Afghan college students finding out at the seminary have been additionally among the many wounded individuals, officers mentioned.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the bombing and requested authorities to make sure the availability of the very best medical assist to the victims.
From his hospital mattress, a wounded pupil, Mohammad Saqib, 24, mentioned spiritual scholar Rahimullah Haqqani was explaining verses from the Quran when abruptly they heard a deafening sound after which cries and noticed blood-stained college students crying for assist.
“Someone helped me and put me in an ambulance and I used to be delivered to hospital,” he said.
Saqib had bandages on both arms but he was listed in stable condition.
Another witness, Saeed Ullah, 24, said up to 500 students were present at the seminary’s main hall at the time of the explosion. He said teachers were also among those who were wounded in the bombing.
A video filmed by a student at the scene showed the Islamic scholar Haqqani delivering a lecture when the bomb exploded. It was unclear whether the teacher was among the wounded.
Mohammad Asim, a spokesman at the Lady Reading Hospital, said seven students died and they received 70 wounded persons, mostly seminary students. A separate hospital was treating 42 others.
The attack comes days after Pakistani intelligence alerted that militants could target public places and important buildings, including seminaries and mosques across Pakistan, including Peshawar.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in Peshawar which is the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan. The province has been the scene of such militant attacks in recent years, but sectarian violence has also killed or wounded people at mosques or seminaries across Pakistan.
The latest attack comes two days after a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta killed three people. The Pakistani Taliban have been targeting public places, schools, mosques, and the military across the country since 2001, when this Islamic nation joined the U.S.-led war on terror following the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Since then, the insurgents have declared conflict on the federal government of Pakistan and have carried out quite a few assaults, together with a brutal assault on an army-run college in the town of Peshawar in 2014 that killed 140 kids and a number of other lecturers.