Blast at Pakistan religious school leaves children dead

Clay Curtis
October 27, 2020

Two teachers were among the wounded, the police said.

The blast took place at about 08:30 local time (03:30 GMT), police told the BBC.

A massive explosion has killed seven persons and injured 70 in Peshawar, Pakistan. The nature of the blast is being ascertained, he added.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the northwestern city, near the border with Afghanistan, which has always been plagued by Islamist violence.

Peshawar is the provincial capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.

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While the cause of the blast is unknown, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mansoor Aman told reporters that an investigation is underway.

Provincial health minister Taimur Khan Jhagra said the wounded were being treated at the Lady Reading Hospital, the city's main government hospital.

Six years ago, gunmen stormed a military school in the city leaving more than 150 dead, including many children.

Still, the Pakistani Taliban have been regrouping in recent months with several factions coming together in a pact, raising fears the jihadists may be regaining strength after launching a string of small-scale attacks on security forces along the border.

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