At least seven people were killed and quite 100 injured in an explosion on Tuesday morning at a seminary in Peshawar’s Dir Colony. The police and rescue teams have reached the situation and launched the operation .
According to a representative from Lady Reading Hospital, four of the deceased were students between the ages of 20 to 25. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb.
“Unknown people planted explosives during a bag ,” said a policeman who declined to be identified as he’s not authorised to talk to media.
Peshawar captain Mohammad Ali Gandapur told Reuters the bomb contained up to six kg (13 lb) of explosives.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mansoor Aman confirmed the explosion. He said initial reports suggest an improvised device (IED) was utilized in the explosion. The SSP further said that five kgs of explosives were utilized in the blast.
CCTV footage moments before the deadly blast
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*Discretion Advised* Apparently the lesson during which the #Peshawar blast took place was broadcast live on Facebook and this is the footage. It is heartbreaking to consider the fact that the children were listening to a lesson on why the living can't see the dead. pic.twitter.com/BmM2OaCAFU
— Imran Khan (@iopyne) October 27, 2020
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra visited the location of the blast. Speaking on his official twitter account, Jhagra said the main target was on providing the injured the simplest possible treatment to extend their chances of recovery. He said the hospital administration was treating things professionally.
Pakistani leaders condemn the Peshawar blast
Many senior Pakistani politicians strongly condemned the Peshawar attack. Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the incident. He prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Deeply saddened by terrorist attack on madrassah in Peshawar. My condolences go to the victims families & prayers for early recovery of the injured. I want to assure my nation we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice asap
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) October 27, 2020
PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz also strongly condemned the Peshawar blast. She termed it a heart-wrenching incident. Maryam shared her views on Twitter.
She said, “The Peshawar madrasa incident is heart wrenching. The damage inflicted to students is extremely saddening. there’s no compensation for the mothers who have lost their children. I pray which will Allah grant patience to the victims. I also hope that the injured recover swiftly.”
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar also condemned the incident.
Netizens substitute solidarity with the Peshawar blast victims
Pakistani social media users shared their grief over the Peshawar blast. Many of the Pakistani citizens on Twitter shared their pain.
— People Of Pakistan (@peopleopakistan) October 27, 2020