Eight Students Killed, 136 Injured after Bombing at Islamic Seminary in Pakistan

At least eight students were killed and 136 others were wounded after a powerful explosive detonated inside an Islamic seminary in the suburbs of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar in the early hours of Tuesday, according to police and medical authorities.

At least eight students were killed and 136 others were wounded after a powerful explosive detonated inside an Islamic seminary in the suburbs of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar in the early hours of Tuesday, according to police and medical authorities.

According to Waqar Azim, a senior police official, the blast occurred while a prominent religious scholar delivered a lecture during a Quran class at the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa.

“Someone took a bag inside the seminary,” he added.

The powerful explosion severely damaged the main hall of the Islamic seminary. Initial investigations of the police imply that an improvised explosive device (IED) was used in the bombing attack.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Mansoor Aman said that at least 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives were used in the blast.

Mohammad Asim, a spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital, said that eight dead bodies and 136 hurt people, including seminary teachers, students and employees, were sent to their facility.

The wounded victims were given immediate medical attention. The medical facility declared an emergency, fearing that the number of dead individuals could climb further.

Police officers have cordoned the area of the explosion as they continue to collect necessary evidence for their investigation.

The bombing drew condemnation from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. He also asked medical authorities to ensure that the wounded victims would be given the best medical assistance possible.

“I want to assure my nation we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice,” said Khan.


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