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At least 12 killed in Kohat blast, several wounded

February 23, 2014

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Security officials examine the site of a bomb blast in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 23, 2014. — Photo by Reuters
Security officials examine the site of a bomb blast in Kohat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on February 23, 2014. — Photo by Reuters
Relatives and mourners of a boy who was killed in a bomb blast gather around his body at a hospital in Kohat, Pakistan, Sunday, February 23, 2014. — Photo by AP
Relatives and mourners of a boy who was killed in a bomb blast gather around his body at a hospital in Kohat, Pakistan, Sunday, February 23, 2014. — Photo by AP

KOHAT: An explosion on Hangu road near Police Lines area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Kohat district on Sunday killed at least 12 people and injured several others, DawnNews reported.

According to latest reports from rescue sources, two more victims of today's blast died, while under treatment at the Lady Reading Hospital, bringing the total death toll of the incident to 12.

Earlier, district police chief Salim Khan Marwat talking to AFP said “After getting the latest reports from the hospitals where the dead bodies and injured were taken, we can now confirm that 10 people have been killed and 14 others are injured.”

Security and rescue teams rushed to the site of explosion which was heard across a long distance.

Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police, Nasir Khan Durrani, said the blast took place near a passenger vehicle at Peshawar chowk on Hangu road.

Rejecting the notion that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber, he said that it appeared to have been carried out using a planted device.

Durrani further said that according to initial reports, five kilograms of explosives were used in the blast which were planted in a wooden crate placed on the roadside.

The explosives were detonated as a passenger wagon reached Peshawar chowk, injuring the occupants of the vehicle and the driver of a rickshaw parked nearby.

The victims were shifted to Liaquat Memorial Hospital whereas security personnel cordoned off the area. The Bomb Disposal Squad had also reached the blast site.

Further details of the attack and nature of the blast were not known till the filing of this report.

— Zahir Shah Shirazi contributed to the reporting of this story