Death toll in Pakistan court suicide bombing rises to 17

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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The death toll in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance to a court building in north-western Pakistan has risen to 17, a police official has said.

Ali Jan Khan said the blast in the town of Shabqadar in Charsadda district on Monday killed 17 people, including two policemen and a policewoman.

He said the death toll rose after six of the more than 20 people who were injured died in hospitals overnight.

A group affiliated with the Pakistani Taliban and calling itself Jamat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility, terming it an attack on the judiciary which “gives verdicts against God’s divine laws”.

Ahrar’s spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan has said the court bombing was a revenge for the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, who was executed last week for the 2011 killing of a provincial governor.

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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