Blast targeting Kohat police colony kills 21

September 7, 2010 by staff 

Kohat: Twenty people were killed and 70 wounded in a bomb attack against police in Kohat suburbs on Tuesday, Geo News reported on Tuesday.

“Twenty-one people were killed and 70 wounded, and there were women and children among the wounded,” a police official said.

“It was a big explosion. I’m in the hotel you could see the smoke. Several people were injured,” he said.

“It was a car bomb explosion, we are investigating if the car was parked or was operated by a suicide bomber,” Khalid Khan, Commissioner of Kohat, he said.

Rescue teams are facing difficulties as electricity was suspended after the blast.

Law enforcement officials have cordoned off the area. Police said a residential compound near the police had also been badly damaged and had houses collapsed, trapping several people under the rubble.

Police said the explosion was a bomb, but they were investigating whether a suicide bomber had attacked the area or that someone had planted a bomb.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik strongly condemned the attack in Kohat and requested an investigation report of the Inspector General of Police Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the bombing in Kohat and described as the most heinous crime against innocent civilians in the holy day of Ramazan 27.

Militants have launched a series of attacks in recent weeks as Muslims mark the last days of the holy month of Ramadan.

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