At least 13 people have been killed and 54 others injured after suicide bomb and gun attacks in northwestern Pakistan.A suicide bomber shot his way through the main gate leading to the district court in the city of Mardan, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He then threw a hand grenade before detonating his suicide vest among the morning crowds and Some of the wounded are in a critical condition.
Senior police official Faisal Shehzad said the bomber had up to eight kilogrammes of explosives packed into his vest.
Rescue official Haris Habib said they recovered 12 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians. “Besides this, we rescued the injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot”.
Army soldiers guard a street after suicide bombers attacked a Christian neighbourhood
The military said the suicide bombers died after soldiers backed by army helicopters exchanged gunfire with them.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned both attacks, adding that militants were on the back foot and were “showing their frustration by attacking soft targets”.
He said: “These cowardly attacks cannot shatter our unflinching resolve in our war against terrorism and they shall not get space to hide in Pakistan”.
On Thursday, the military said it has prevented Islamic State expanding its network in Pakistan, by arresting 309 suspects in recent years, including IS members from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
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