Update: A blast shook the buildings of Warsak Road early in the morning on Tuesday in Peshawar. At least seven people, including three children, were injured in the explosion as confirmed by the police and hospital sources, reports Geo News.
The blast took place around 9:10 am on Tuesday.
SSP Operations Kashif Aftab Abbasi said the Machnigate Police Station’s mobile vehicle was on routine patrol when the bomb exploded.
“As soon as the police mobile passed by, the blast occurred three seconds later. The militants wanted to target the police vehicle,” he said, speaking with Geo News.
The police official said no arrests have been made yet, but the involved network will be apprehended soon.
Abbasi added that the CCTV footage of the explosion is being examined.
CCTV #Schools in #Peshawar have once again been targeted by Terrorist. Three children were injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast on Peshawar’s Warsak Road. the incident took place near the Peshawar Public School at around 9:10am. The #blast site is considered an… pic.twitter.com/57rSs4dWqX— Ghulam Abbas Shah (@ghulamabbasshah) December 5, 2023
The police have confirmed that the explosion was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast.
The official revealed that four kilogrammes of explosives, planted in a cemented block on the side of the road, were used in the blast. The area has been cordoned off while further investigation is under way, Warsak Superintendent of Police Arshad Khan said.
“It would be premature to say who was the target,” SP Arshad Khan said speaking with journalists as reported by Geo.
The injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital where two children are said to be in critical condition. All of them are between seven to 10 years of age, the hospital’s spokesperson told Geo News.
Rescue officials told Geo that the glass windows of two vehicles and nearby buildings were broken due to the intensity of the explosion.
Mayor Metropolitan Zubair Ali told journalists that the explosion near a school was an attempt to disturb peace and order.
“The explosion near educational institutions is unfortunate.”
JUST IN : Tragic incident on #Warsak Road, Peshawar; two children injured in horrific blast. The injured children have been swiftly taken to the hospital. Police have cordoned off the area.#Blastinpeshawarورسک روڈ پر پشاور پبلک سکول کے سامنے دھماکے کے 4 زخمی لیڈی ریڈنگ ہسپتال… pic.twitter.com/7sbbvM2Y9g— The Geographic (@JournalistRaza) December 5, 2023
Pakistan has witnessed a considerable increase in terror activities in recent months, especially in KP and Balochistan, after the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan ended its ceasefire with the government in November last year.
Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies (PICSS) in a report showed that the country experienced 34 per cent increase in anti-state violence last month, reported Dawn.