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Blast at Swat police station claims 12 lives

Courtesy:  Dawn News

SWAT / LAKKI MARWAT: At least a dozen people, including police officials, lost their lives in a powerful explosion inside the Kabal police station late on Monday evening.

According to hospital sources, at least 57 people — including three civilians — sustained injuries in the blast.

The explosion that rocked the police station, which reportedly occurred on the premises of the Counter Terrorism Department office, came hours after a raid by the CTD in Lakki Marwat resulted in the killing of three suspected militants.

District Police Officer Swat Shaf­iullah stated that the blast took place at about 8:20pm inside the police station. However, the nature of the explosion could not be independently confirmed by the time this report went to press.

Malakand DIG says explosion occurred at weapons depot; three suspected militants killed in Lakki Marwat

However, speaking to media persons later at night, DIG Malakand Nasir Mehmood Satti said the incident was not a result of any terrorist activity or suicide blast but “carelessness” as per the initial investigation. He said the explosion occurred at a weapon storage facility inside an old office of the Counter Terrorism Department on the premises of the police station.

The police officer, however, said a probe was still underway in light of emerging evidence.

20 trapped under rubble

The blast, which shattered the roof of the police station, the CTD office, and a mosque located inside the station, was also followed by a fire. According to senior police officials, at least 20 policemen were trapped under the roof, which collapsed due to the intensity of the explosion.

Shehbaz Sharif@CMShehbaz
Strongly condemn suicide attack on CTD police station in Swat. Nation is deeply grieved over martyrdom of police officials. Our police has been the first line of defence against terrorism. We will not rest until we eliminate this scourge. My condolences to bereaved families.
Imdad Khan, an injured policeman at Saidu Teaching Hospital (STH) said that he was inside the kitchen with other policemen when the powerful blast ripped through the building. “Portion of the kitchen building collapsed. A huge fire also erupted after the blast,” he told Dawn, adding that he heard multiple blasts.
Shehbaz Sharif@CMShehbaz
Clarification The nature of the blast is being investigated and as soon as the security agencies reach the conclusion, it will be shared with the nation.

that it seemed around 10 heavily armed militants were well prepared for the encounter.

“Three militants, including Nouman, were killed and another militant, Tehseenullah, sustained injuries,” a senior CTD official said.

However, he said, the CTD believed other militants had sustained injuries and could be present in the area terming it the reason why a search operation was launched in the area by police and the security forces.

The officials said Inspector Javed Iqbal and Constable Irfan of the CTD were seriously wounded and shifted to the Combined Military Hospital, Bannu, and Khalif Gulnawaz Hospital.

Senior CTD officials said that following the search operation, it was confirmed that an organised militant group was involved in the targeted killing of the retired military officer.

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