PESHAWAR: At least eight people lost their lives and more than 100 were injured in a bomb blast inside a seminary in Dir Colony area of Peshawar on Tuesday, police said.
Soon after the incident, police and rescue teams rushed to the crime spot.
The police sources said most of the injured are the madrassa students.
The madrassa is attached to a mosque.
Maulana Rahim Ullah was delivering the lecture. Rahimullah survive the attack with minor wounds.
As many as 95 wounded persons were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in which 90 injured were discharged after medical treatment while the remaining five are under treatment, said LRH’s Spokesman Asim.
He said five of the dead were identified as Muhammad Zahoor, resident of Waziristan, Muhammad Arif, son of Gul Shan, resident of Khyber district, Naimat Khan, son of Saifur Rehman from Afghanistan, Zubair son of Habibullah resident of Afghanistan and Maroof Khan son of Awal Khan, resident of Mashokhel, Peshawar.
The identity of the remaining three dead could not be ascertained due to mutilation.
Similarly, four injured were shifted to Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) where their condition stated to be out of danger.
The bomb disposal squad arrived at the incident site and cordoned off the area.
According to AIG bomb disposal unit (BDU) Shafqat Malik, the blast took place in the hall of the madrassa, where more than 300 students were present, which created more pressure and caused more damage and fire also erupted there after the blast.
Shafqat Malik further informed that five kilogram explosive materials were used in the explosion.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sanaullah Abbasi, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Ali Gundapur and Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Opeartions visited the incident site while talking to media persons Police Chief said that a general threat about the terror incidents was already issued.
The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Operations said the blast was carried out through a time device. He said the explosive material was brought in a bag. He said further investigations into the incident are underway.
The Counter Terrorism Department registered the First Information Report (FIR) wherein terrorism acts were included.