Charsadda court shook by a suicide attack, killing 17 and injuring 35

, 6:23 PM IST

Srinagar: The Jamatul Ahrar, a group of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility of the attack through an email received by the journalists.

The said that the attack was carried to take revenge of Mumtaz Qadri’s hanging, who killed Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

At least 17 people were killed in an explosion including two police men in the premises of a local court in Charsadda’s Shabqadar area,while at least 30 people are reported to be injured.

Shabqadar Hospital told DawnNews they received 13 bodies, while the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar received 4.

The attacker was grabbed by policemen stationed at the court gate as he was attempting to enter the sessions court premises. The cops fired at the attacker who immidiately detonated his explosives with a loud bang.

The casualties were shifted to Shabqadar Hospital. At the time of the explosion, the courts were crowded after a break.

Totally 2,159 terrorists have been killed and 1,724 arrested, interior ministry data revealed , since NAP was launched following the TTP-claimed attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec 16, 2014.