At least 11 people have been killed and 40 others wounded after a suicide bomber attacked a district court in the Pakistani city of Mardan early Friday, police said, the latest assault targeting Pakistan’s legal community.
The bomber threw hand grenades before detonating a suicide vest among the morning crowds at the court, senior police official Faisal Shehzad said as quoted by AFP.
“At least ten people were killed,” he said, including two policemen.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes three weeks after a massive suicide blast killed scores of lawyers in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, in Baluchistan.
Pakistan’s legal community are frequently the subject of targeted killings and small-scale attacks by militants, who are also known to hit soft targets such as schools.
Militants on Friday also launched an attack on a Christian colony in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital of Peshawar, 60 kilometers to the west of Mardan.