Blast at Pakistani Islamic school kills nine, wounds 100

Residents and rescue workers gather at the site of a bomb blast at a religious seminary in Peshawar, Pakistan

A bomb blast at an Islamic religious school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday killed at least nine people and wounded more than 100, police and hospital officials said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bomb in the northwestern city, near the border with Afghanistan, which has long been plagued by Islamist violence.

“Unknown people planted explosives in a plastic bag,” said a police officer who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to media.

Peshawar police chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur told Reuters the bomb contained up to 13 lb (6 kg) of explosives.

Though terrorist violence in the city and Pakistan has fallen over recent years, there has been an increase in attacks on the security forces this year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Peshawar is capital.

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed some of the attacks.

Tariq Burki, director the city’s Lady Reading Hospital, said earlier that four of the nine dead were children but later said four kids were wounded and all the dead were adults.

Five of the hundred wounded were in critical condition, he said.

The madrassa is largely for adult students and many were studying when the blast happened, said city resident Abdul Rahim, whose said his 27-year old cousin was among the wounded.

“He told us they were attending a class when the blast took place,” Rahim said.

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