Time: 6:15 p.m. CEST
Security forces killed three suicide bombers who attempted to attack a local court in Khuber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda districts, Pakistani Dawn.com reports. Five civilians died and 15 others were injured in the attack claimed by Pakistani Taliban group Jamaat-ul-Ahraar.
Major General Asif Ghafoor, director general at Inter-Services Public Relations, “Chief of Army Staff lauds security forces’ response to Charsadda Blast. First tier Police response has saved many lives. Shares grief on loss of lives.”
As Dawn.com says, initial assessment report by the local police to the provincial Counter Terrorism Department says the attackers approached the court “on the guise of petitioners.” About 40 lawyers and four judges were inside the court.
BBC.com adds the attackers reportedly threw grenades and opened fire. One bomber died when he blew himself up and security forces killed two, but one report says one of the attackers was alive and on the loose inside the court complex. Recently, Pakistan experience increase in suicide bomb attacks. At least 80 people died last week when Islamic State group claimed the attack of a suicide bomber in Sehwan. After the attack, Pakistan closed the border crossings with Afghanistan.