Peshawar: At least eight people were killed in an explosion in the premises of a local court in Charsadda’s Shabqadar area on Monday, police said.
The blast also left 14 people injured, rescue sources said.
Two police personnel are among the dead.
District Police Officer Sohail Khalid told DawnNews that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.
The attacker was intercepted by policemen stationed at the court gate as he was attempting to enter the court premises.
The cops fired at the attacker who detonated his explosives with a huge bang. At least eight people, including two policemen were killed while 14 others were wounded in the attack, the DPO confirmed.
Eyewitnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast.
The casualties were shifted to Shabqadar Hospital. Hospital administration said they received seven bodies.
At the time of the explosion, the courts were crowded after a break over the weekend.
Some vehicles parked in the vicinity of the blast site caught fire. Efforts are being made to put the fire out.
Security and emergency teams reached the blast site and sealed the area.
Shabqadar tehsil is close to Mohmand tribal region, which is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants were said to have carved out strongholds.