At least 12 dead in suicide bombing at (Pakistan’s) Swat police station


SWAT: At least 12 people were martyred and 53 others injured on Monday after a suicide bombing took place at a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Kabal area of Swat district.

According to police, unidentified assailants started firing during which a suicide bombing took place and a second massive explosion occurred within seconds as a result of which houses were damaged up to an area of ​​two km.

The building of the police station has been completely destroyed due to the blasts, the police added.

Police said an emergency has been declared in Saidu Sharif Hospital where injured were being shifted.

Rescue 1122 officials said operation is being carried out to rescue the people trapped under the debris of the building.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa caretaker Chief Minister Muhammad Azam Khan condemned the blasts and offered his heartfelt condolences to the families of the martyrs.

He also directed the authorities concerned to immediately start relief operation and provide timely medical aid to the injured.

He termed the incident “highly condemnable and a brutal act”.

In a statement, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif strongly condemned the explosions at the CTD police station in Kabal and expressed regret over the loss of precious lives.

He also sought a report on the incident from authorities concerned.

“The entire nation salutes the sacrifices of the martyrs. Security forces and the police will root out the menace of terrorism,” the premier was quoted as