An attacker from the Tehreek-e Taliban Pakistan opened fire on a courthouse in the Charsadda District of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwah Province today, attracting security and detonating an explosive vest, killing at least 17 people and wounding 31 others.
The TTP was quick to claim credit for the attack, saying that it was retaliation for last week’s execution of Mumtaz Qadri. Qadri assassinated Punjab governor Salman Taseer in 2011, and was widely considered a hero among jihadists who considered the governor too liberal.
Police say the attacker, who has not been named, attempted to enter the court but was stopped by police, at which point he pulled out a gun and started shooting. Two police were reportedly among the slain, along with two children who happened to be in the area.
Local officials say the death toll in the attack may yet rise, as “four to five more injured” are in critical condition and it is unclear if they will all survive their injuries.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Iran FM Says US 'Action Group' Will Fail to Overthrow Iran - August 19th, 2018
- North Korea Praises Trump, Bashes His Critics - August 19th, 2018
- As Afghan President Announces Ceasefire, Pompeo Says 'Time for Peace' - August 19th, 2018
- Iraq Supreme Court Ratifies Election Results, Sadr Still Leads - August 19th, 2018
- Pentagon Spokesman: US to Stay in Iraq as Long as Needed - August 19th, 2018