Blast kills at least 8 at madrassa in Pakistan

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Waqar Azim, a local police official, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that "the blast took place in a seminary during a Koran class".

"It was not a suicide attack, there were explosives that had been kept in a bag there", he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan, has for years been the scene of militant attacks blamed on the outlawed Pakistani Taliban outfit.

Pakistani rescue workers and police officers examine the site of a bomb explosion in an Islamic seminary, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Oct. 27, 2020.

The latest attack comes two days after a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta killed three people. Children were among the dead, he added.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, with PM Imran Khan and the Pakistani wing of the Taliban both condemning today's blast.

The Provincial Minister for Labour and Culture Shaukat Yousafzai said that peace had been established in Peshawar for a long time but now again targeting children with a blast is a reprehensible and cowardly act.

Mohammad Asim, a spokesman at the Lady Reading Hospital, said eight students died and they received dozens of wounded people, mostly seminary students.

"Most of those killed and injured were hit by ball bearings and some were badly burnt", he said, adding that all of the dead were men aged between 20 and 40.

Violence in Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military operations along the border, but militant groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks. The Pakistani Taliban have been targeting public places, schools, mosques and the military across the country since 2001, when this Islamic nation joined the USA -led war on terror following the September 11 attacks in the United States.



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