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Peshawar blast: Bomb was placed in a bag that blew up during a Quran class

At least eight people were killed and more than 112 injured in an explosion on Tuesday morning at the Jamia Zuberia madrassah in Dir Colony, Peshawar. Casulties feared to increase.

According to the initial report, the bomb that went off was placed in a bag that went off during a Quran class.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

City SP Waqar Azeem in a statement said that an unidentified man came to the madrassah at around 8 am, and kept a bag there which had explosives and left.

According to the Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Mansoor Aman, initial reports suggest an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in the explosion.

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“Five kgs of explosives were used in the blast”, he added.

As being reported, the injured have also been taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Naseerullah Khan Babar Hospital. According to officials from the hospitals, 72 injured were taken to LRH, two each to KTH and HMC and 37 to Naseerullah Khan Babar Hospital.

It was last week, the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) had issued a security alert saying there was credible information about possibility of subversive activities.

Saman Siddiqui

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