Pakistan: Several killed in massive blast at Peshawar madrassa

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Peshawar: A powerful blast at a madrassa in Pakistan on the outskirts of  Peshawar has killed at least seven people and injured 70.

The police informed that the blast took place after someone carried explosives into the Jamia Zubairia madrassa located in Peshawar’s Dir Colony in a plastic bag. Several children were among those killed in the blast.

Several of those injured are in critical condition.

“The blast took place in the madrassa during a Quran class. Someone took a bag inside the seminary,” a senior police official was quoted as saying by AFP.

The authorities have informed that the death toll may rise further.

The blast took place while a cleric was delivering a lecture on Islamic teachings.

Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Mansoor Aman informed that an improvised explosive device (IED) may have been used in the blast.

“Five kgs of explosives were used in the blast,” he was quoted as saying by Dawn.

“The area has been cordoned off and police teams are collecting evidence,” he added.

No group has come forward to claim responsibility for the attack so far.

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