MARDAN, PAKISTAN: A dozen people have been killed and 40 wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a district court in the Pakistani city of Mardan on Friday, police said, the latest assault targeting Pakistan’s legal community.
The bomber threw hand grenades before detonating a suicide vest among the morning crowds at the court.
“So far we recovered 12 bodies of lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot,” Haris Habib, chief rescue officer, told Reuters.
So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes three weeks after a massive suicide blast killed scores of lawyers in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta in Balochistan.
Pakistan’s legal community are frequently the subject of targeted killings and small-scale attacks by terrorists, who are also known to hit soft targets such as schools.
Earlier today, terrorists also attacked a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, 60 km to the west of Mardan.