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12 cops killed in blast at police station in Pakistan

Tuesday, 25 April 2023 | 4:53 am | 493 times

12 cops killed in blast at police station in Pakistan

Two explosions have rocked a counterterrorism facility in northwest Pakistan, killing at least 12 people and injuring more than 50 others, police said.

Sharifullah Khan, a police official in Kabal, told Al Jazeera that at least 12 people died in the blasts on Monday at the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province’s Swat Valley while more than 50 were reported injured and buildings have collapsed.

Police said that there is no evidence of an attack and that it could have been a result of an electrical fault igniting ammunition in the center.

Most of the dead are police officers.

Swat valley, was controlled by Islamist militants before they were forced out in 2009.

A spokesman for provincial police in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which neighbors Afghanistan, said BBC that ammunition caught fire, “most probably due to an electric short-circuit”.

“No evidence of an attack from outside has been established so far.”

The building complex also houses the Kabal district police station and headquarters of a reserve police force, but the main damage was done at the counterterrorism department building.

Provincial police chief Akhtar Hayat said there was an old ammunition store in the office, and police were probing whether that caused the explosions or if it was an attack.

Two attacks on large police bases have been linked to the Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) since the start of the year.


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