Pakistan

MARDAN (Web Desk) – Update: As many as 13 people have been killed and over 40 were left injured as twin blasts rocked district courts in Mardan city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

According to multiple media reports, the blasts occurred near the gate of local courts. Initially, there were reports of injuries, but the District Police Officer (DPO) Mardan has confirmed that 13 people, including two policemen have lost their lives in the blast. Faisal Shehzad maintained that the bomber was carrying a asuicide jacket which contained 6 to 8 Kg of explosives.

The police official maintained that the suicide bomber was about to enter the courts, but a police constable Junaid gun fired him avoiding a major catastrophe. The police personnel, lost his life in the line of duty.

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The bombings also left over 40 injured. Three dead bodies were shifted to the Mardan Complex Hospital. The area has been cordoned off for preliminary investigations.

According to DPO Mardan Faisal Shahzad, the attacker was wearing a suicide vest which had 6-8 kilos of explosives. The DPO further said that the constable who was martyred had opened fire along the suicide attacker resulting in the vest detonating.

Police said they did not find any identity signs of the suicide bomber and his fingerprints could not be obtained as they were not open enough to carry any merit.

A DNA test is being done of the attacker, according to the police.