Pakistan: Blast at seminary in Peshawar kills at least 7, injures 70

Nearly 1,000 children were present in the seminary at the time of the blast (Source: @twitter)

New Delhi (NVI): At least seven people were killed and over 70 injured in a massive explosion at a seminary in Pakistan’s Peshawar city this morning.

The blast was reported inside a seminary at the Dir Colony, according to Geo News.

Meanwhile, the police and rescue service arrived at the crime scene and launched operations. The initial investigations revealed that the time-bomb was planted inside a bag, Geo News reported quoting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police.

Nearly 1,000 children were present in the seminary at the time of the blast and majority of the victims were children and instructors.

The blast took place during classes in Madrasa (religious school), teachers and boys as young as 7 were among the wounded, as per the reports.

The injured were moved to Lady Reading Hospital, where at least five are reportedly in critical condition. The hospital official confirmed that they received at least seven bodies and over 70 injured.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly condemned the incident and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured.

“Deeply saddened by terrorist attack on madrassah in Peshawar. My condolences go to the victims families & prayers for early recovery of the injured. I want to assure my nation we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice asap,” Imran Khan tweeted.

Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz also condemned the attack and promised to “bury those with nefarious intentions to destabilise the country”.

Terming it a heartbreaking incident, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz also condoled with the victims and their families.

PML-N leader Ahsan Iqbal also condoled the victims and said, “Very sorry to hear about the blast & casualties in Peshawar. Terrorists, who had been defeated, are again hitting us because Imran Khan has pitched security apparatus against the opposition instead of terrorists.”

“National Action Plan has been forgotten. Ministry of Interior is an extension of NAB,” he tweeted.

-RJV