PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two suicide bombers were fatally shot and a third blew himself up on Tuesday while trying to attack a courthouse in northernPakistan as violence continued to hit the country.
A bomber detonated his suicide vest outside the main entrance of the district courts in Charsadda to provide cover for the two other bombers to enter, but the police shot and killed the two, said Suhail Khalid, a district police officer.
“Our police guards foiled their attempt to get in and carry out a massacre,” Mr. Khalid said by telephone from Charsadda, about 15 miles northeast of Peshawar.
Seven civilians were killed and 23 were wounded, and four of the injured were in critical condition, said Dr. Nek Nawaz, the district health officer for Charsadda.
The courthouse assault came after the country’s deadliest attack in years, asuicide bombing that killed at least 88 people at a shrine in Sindh on Friday. The Islamic State claimed that attack. Angered by that bombing, Pakistan’s military closed the border with Afghanistan and shelled what it believed to be militant hide-outs across the border.
Mr. Khalid, the police officer, said that the two bombers in Charsadda who were killed by the police detonated their vests before they were fatally shot. The bombers had charged toward the courts firing indiscriminately, the police said.
“Had they managed to enter the courts premises, the casualty figure would be very high,” Mr. Khalid said.
No group has claimed the attack, but a senior government official said the militant group Jamaat-e-Ahrar was probably behind it.
Jamaat-e-Ahrar, designated in August as a terrorist organization by the United States, was believed to be behind the twin suicide bombings in an administrative compound in Mohmand last week that killed five people.
The group also claimed a suicide bombing at a protest camp in Lahore two days before the Mohmand bombing. The Lahore bombing killed 13 people, including police officers.Read More...
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