Grenade Attack in JuD Madrassa 14 Injured


Islamabad:  Unidentified attackers lobbed a grenade at a madrassa run by the Jamaat-ud-Dawah in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, injuring 14 people including four children, police said on Monday.

The seminary in Tehkal Bala area was attacked on Sunday night.  Police confirmed that the madrassa and an adjoining mosque were operated by the JuD and its affiliated bodies.

After the attack, the madrassa’s guards and local residents opened fire at a man who was trying to escape, leaving him injured. The man was taken to a nearby hospital under police protection.

A religious lecture was underway inside the madrassa at the time of the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the attack but it is believed the assault took place at the behest of a rival religious group.

India has blamed the JuD and its chief, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people and injured hundreds more. The JuD has been named by the UN and the US as a front for the Lashkar-e-Taiba.