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Mardan: Blast at courthouse, death toll rises to 12, over 60 injured

MARDAN: The death toll of the second terror act in Peshawar this morning, that is the suicide attack at Zila Kutchery (District Court)  has soared to 12 while over 60 people have also been injured. According to DPO Mardan Daisal Shahzad the suicide attacker blew himself up after failing to enter the courthouse.

According to DPO Mardan Daisal Shahzad the suicide attacker also resorted to shootings before the blast and threw a hand grenade at the main gate of the court house which caused stampede during which the attacker tried to enter the courthouse but blew himself up when stopped by security personnel.

Twelve people including two security personnel died while over 60 were injured in the blast and many of them are in critical condition. Policemen and lawyers are also among the dead.

The rescue teams arrived at the spot soon after the blast and shifted the bodies and the injured people to various hospitals. Security forces surrounded the area closed all routes around the courthouse for traffic. Security at entry and exit routes of the city has been put on high alert.