“So far we recovered 12 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot,” Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where the blasts took place, told Reuters.
“First there was a small blast followed by a big blast,” Habib added.
Earlier attack on Christian colony in Peshawar
Earlier in the day, a group of militants attacked a Christian colony near the country’s northwestern city of Peshawar early Friday, triggering a shootout in which four attackers were killed and one person died, police and the military said.
Three security officials and two civilian guards were injured in the attack.
Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Asim Saleem Bajwa said in a statement that the attack was quickly repulsed and that security forces were searching for any accomplices of the attackers.
Pakistan’s army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif praised security forces for foiling the attack.
Local police official Shaukat Khan said four suicide bombers entered the Christian colony and one of them went into a church, but no one was there at the time. He said they killed one Christian in the colony.
He said a quick response from the local civilian guards and security forces prevented more deaths.
No one claimed responsibility for the two incidents.