There are strangers in northwestern Pakistan carried out a bomb attack on a Koranic school. Seven children were killed in the explosion and many more are fighting for their lives.
At least seven children were killed in a bomb blast at a Koran school in northwestern Pakistan. About 70 others were injured in the incident in the city of Peshawar, Kamran Bangash, information minister of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said Tuesday.
A stranger is suspected of having placed an explosive device in the Koran school, a police officer said. Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the act as a “cowardly, barbaric attack” and promised to bring those responsible to justice.
Many children are in a critical condition
A state of emergency has been declared in the city’s hospitals and police and security forces have been warned. Many of the injured boys between the ages of eight and 15 are in critical condition, a hospital doctor said. There were reportedly about 100 children and youth in the seminary building at the time of the explosion. TV photos showed a debris field in the Koran school. At first, no one confessed to the attack.
Emergency services at the Koran school in Pakistan: There are said to have been about 100 children and young people in the building at the time of the explosion. (Source: Muhammad Sajjad / dpa)
Northwest Pakistan has been silent for a long time following a military offensive against Islamic terror groups in 2014. However, there have been repeated attacks by Islamist extremists in the border area with Afghanistan. The attack is reminiscent of the attack by the Pakistani Taliban, who killed more than 150 people, mostly children and young people, in a school in Peshawar in 2014.