Blast Jolts Pakistan, killed 12

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Islamabad: A blast occurred near the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office on Nisatta Road in Mardan on Tuesday, killing at least 12.

Rescue 1122 sources said at least 12 people were killed and 25 were seriously injured in the blast which took place at at time the office was crowded with people. Human body remains are strewn across the blast site. The death toll is feared to rise.

The District Police Officer Mardan said it is too early to determine the nature of the blast at this time. The office is located on the link road that connects Charsadda to Multan.

The area has been cordoned off. The injured are being shifted to Mardan Medical Complex. According to initial reports, the blast took place near the gate of the office and has damaged doors and windows in the building. Several people are said to be injured, with some in serious condition.

Rescue and security sources have rushed to the site. Deputy Inspector General Mardan Division Saeed Wazir told DawnNews it was a “suicide attack carried out by a bomber”.

The DIG added that a security guard posted at the office stopped the bomber at the gate, after which he detonated his suicide vest. The suicide attacker was on a motorbike and rammed it into the gate after being denied entry, he said.

Conflicting reports suggest that explosives may have been planted on a motorcycle parked near the Nadra office.

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