Attack on Chrisitian Colony in Peshawar foiled, all 4 terrorists killed – ISPR

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PESHAWAR: A terrorist attack targeting Christian Colony located on Warsak Road in Peshawar was foiled by security forces on Friday.

The ISPR in a statement said the operation against terrorists in Warsak had concluded and all four suicide bombers had been killed.

Four suicide bombers with arms and ammunition entered Christian Colony Warsak after hitting a security guard at 5:50 AM today, ISPR said.

Security forces promptly responded and cordoned off the area. Seven people including two FC soldiers, a police constable, two civil guards, one Levies official and one civilian were injured in the attack. One civilian was martyred.

The militants were initially engaged by Pakistan Army’s Quick Reaction Force (QRF). Reinforcements were immediately sent in to thwart the attack.

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif appreciated Army, Frontier Corps and police for prompt and effective response and defeating the terrorists’ attempt.

Earlier, official sources said five explosions had been heard, amid sporadic gunfire by militants.

Emergency has been declared at Lady Reading Hospital and other hospitals. Residents of the area were asked to stay inside their homes.

Four guns, four suicide jackets and four hand grenades were found, sources said. The suicide jackets were diffused by the bomb disposal squad.

Each militant carried 8-10 kg of explosives, police sources said.

According to sources, the suicide bombers were aged between ages 20 and 24.

There are 25 to 30 houses of the Christian community located in the vicinity.

Senior analyst Rahimullah Yousufzai said the vicinity is a high-security zone with military and paramilitary installments, and a cadet college is also situated there.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif lauded the quick action from Army, FC and police against the terrorists.

Shortly after the attack in Peshawar was foiled, two bomb blasts hit District Kacheri in Mardan where six people were martyred.

The attack occurred a day after ISPR in a media briefing highlighted the success of Operation Zarb-e-Azab.

Terrorism-hit province Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has witnessed several such attacks before. In January this year armed gunmen held students at the Bacha Khan University hostage. 21 people were killed in the attack.

On December 16, 2014 Taliban entered the Army Public School killing 144 unarmed students and teachers, in one of the deadliest attacks in the country.

 

 

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