Death toll in Peshawar suicide attack rises to 71


Peshawar: The death toll in two suicide attacks at a Church here on Sunday rose to 71, while more than 100 people were injured, said police and hospital sources.

They said two suicide bombers blew them near a Church of Kohati Gate. As a result at least 71 people were killed, while more than 100 other people were injured, many of them seriously and they were rushed to local hospitals. Doctors feared increase in casualties.

Senior police officers rushed to the site of incident and cordoned off whole area. Further probe was under way. They said some 600 people were present in the church when the terrorist activity took place.

President, Prime Minister and leaders of political parties condemned the terrorist attack and expressed sympathies with the bereaved families. The Christian community announced a three-day mourning which was supported by Awami National Party ANP and Muttahida Qaumi Movement MQM.

Protest demos and rallies against the tragedy were held in different cities and towns of Pakistan. In Karachi protestors blocked road near Essa Nagri, the biggest Christian locality of the city and suspended traffic by pelting vehicles with stones. The protestors also opened firing and ransacked private properties. Police and rangers fired teargas shells to disperse the angry mob and finally succeeded in reopening the closed road.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak accompanied by Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan also visited the Leady Reading Hospital and strongly condemned the terrorist activity. They said the criminals involved would soon be arrested.

Meanwhile, the provincial government also declared a three-day mourning and announced Rs0.5rmn for each bereaved family and Rs0.2mn for each injured.

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