Suicide Blast in Nowshera

By Atiya Riffat

At least 12 people, included six security forces’ personnel, were injured in a suicide blast apparently targeting a Frontier Corps vehicle in Nowshera on Thursday.

District Police Officer Shahzad Nadeem Bukhari, confirming the number of wounded, said that a suicide attacker on a motorbike detonated explosives near a security forces vehicle at Kutchehry Chowk. The FC vehicle, he said, was travelling from Rawalpindi to Peshawar at the time of the attack.

Spokesman to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief minister, Shaukat Yousafzai, confirmed that the blast was a suicide attack. He added that the bomb contained 5 kilograms of explosive material.

The suicide bomber was reportedly the only one killed. Five Frontier Corps (FC) officials and six civilians are among the injured, Nowshera police informed. Investigators from the intelligence agencies revealed that there were six persons present when the attack took place.

Rescue teams and security officials have reached the site of the explosion.Of the injured, 12 have been shifted to Combined Military Hospital, Nowshera while two have been taken to District Headquarters Hospital.

The latest suicide attack comes days after a policeman was martyred in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Bannu district. Six people, including two policemen were injured, after after the remote-controlled bomb went off near a police van.