South Asia

Twin blasts in northwestern Pakistan kill at least five people

Blast scene in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Source: Pakistani media

Two blasts near the Doaba police station in Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed at least five people, including a police officer, while 12 more sustained injuries on Friday, as reported by local law enforcement officials cited by Pakistani media.

The initial explosion occurred at the entrance of the police station, drawing a crowd to the scene.

“Minutes later, a second blast occurred within a mosque located on the police station premises,” officials stated.

Authorities disclosed that the second explosion coincided with the Friday sermon.

“The mosque’s roof collapsed due to the force of the blast,” the official remarked, revealing that approximately 30 to 40 individuals were trapped beneath the debris.

Efforts to recover the bodies and assist the injured were augmented by the deployment of heavy machinery.

Eyewitnesses recounted that, at the time of the detonation, an estimated 60 to 70 people were present inside the mosque. They added that the suspected suicide bomber attempted to breach the mosque’s entrance but encountered resistance from the police, which enabled most occupants to evacuate the premises. Subsequently, the second suicide bomber initiated the explosion within the mosque.