7 killed, 70 injured in Pakistan blast

Published : 27 Oct 2020, 17:28

Sahos Desk

A major madrassa explosion killed at least seven people and wounded 70 others on Tuesday in a powerful blast at a madrassa in Dir, Peshawar Colony, Pakistan.

The explosion took place in a madrassa where explosives had been planted in a plastic bag by unknown people, "a police officer told Reuters on Tuesday." Among the dead were children, he added.

Senior police officials were quoted by Pakistani media outlet The Dawn to state that improvised explosive devices (IEDs) were used to cause the blast. Five kilograms of explosives were used in Pakistan's powerful blast today, India Today says. 

A spokesman for the nearby Lady Reading Hospital said it had received 7 dead and 70 injured patients, many of whom suffered from burns in the blast.

Tariq Burki, the hospital's owner, said four of the dead were kids.

The madrassa is primarily for adult students and many were studying when the blast occurred, said Abdul Rahim, a resident of the area whose cousin also wounded in the explosion.

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