In the morning a huge explosion in a Pakistani Koran school killed eight children. More than 110 other students were injured. Prime Minister Imran Khan condemned the act as a “cowardly, barbaric attack”.
A bomb explosion in a madrassa school in northwest Pakistan killed at least eight madrassa students. More than 110 others were wounded in the incident in the city of Peshawar, officials said on Tuesday. An unknown person is suspected of having placed about six kilograms of explosives 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.
A state of emergency was declared in the city’s hospitals and police and security forces were put on alert. Many of the injured boys between the ages of 8 and mid-20 are in critical condition, a hospital doctor said. Most of the victims had burns. Many of the students come from the neighboring country Afghanistan.
A teacher told the Pakistani station “Dunya News”: “It was a terrible noise, enormous and deafening. I was in another part of the building. When I ran outside, there was fire, smoke and destruction”. Lifeless bodies of his friends were lying in blood, said Mohammed Adnan Hakkani, a teacher of the Koran school.
About 100 children and teenagers are said to have been in the seminar building at the time of the explosion. Television pictures showed a debris field inside the Koran school. At first, no one claimed responsibility for the attack. Extremist groups in Pakistan denied being responsible for the bomb explosion.
In the northwest of Pakistan it was quiet for a long time after a military offensive against extremist terrorist groups in 2014. However, there were repeated attacks in the border region to Afghanistan. The attack is reminiscent of the attack by Pakistani extremists who killed more than 150 people, mainly children and young people, in a school in Peshawar in 2014.