Police claim headway in probe as death toll rises to 54

Police claim headway in probe as death toll rises to
Security personnel examine the site of a bomb blast in Bajaur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on July 31, 2023. — AFP
Safety personnel look at the positioning of a bomb blast in Bajaur district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on July 31, 2023. — AFP

PESHAWAR: The police Monday claimed of constructing headway within the probe of a lethal suicide blast on the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl’s (JUI-F) employees’ conference in Bajaur, whereas sharing an increase within the dying toll from the assault to 54.

A lethal blast rocked the Khar space within the Bajaur district, a former tribal space bordering Afghanistan, on Sunday night when a suicide bomber blew himself up with the explosives on the JUI-F gathering.

The blast, confirmed by the police as a suicide assault, killed not less than 40 individuals on the spot and left over 100 others injured.

Police stated the preliminary probe advised that the terrorist organisation Daesh was behind the suicide assault.

At the moment, 83 injured individuals are present process remedy at totally different hospitals, Counter-Terrorism Division’s (CTD) Extra Inspector Common Shokat Abbas stated.

Sharing the investigation replace, the official stated the conference started at 2pm whereas the explosion occurred two hours later at 4:10pm.

He stated that ball bearings and different stuff utilized in making the explosives had been discovered on the website of the explosion.

Abbas additional acknowledged that the terrorist group behind the assault had been recognized, which had targetted somebody “particular” within the gathering.

He stated that the preliminary probe had led the CTD to shut to the assault’s perpetrators.

Abbas stated that many items of proof have been discovered on the website of the explosion, and forensic reviews are being anticipated quickly.

He confirmed that 10-12kg of explosives have been used within the blast.

America and Saudi Arabia condemned the lethal suicide blast, with Russia condoling the affected households.

Pakistan has seen a resurgence of assaults by extremists since final 12 months when a ceasefire between the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamabad broke down. A mosque bombing in Peshawar killed over 100 individuals earlier this 12 months.

A report submitted to the UN Safety Council not too long ago talked about that the TTP may be searching for a merger with Al Qaeda to create an umbrella organisation that shelters all militant teams working in South Asia.

Pakistan has lengthy blamed Afghanistan for not dwelling as much as its dedication to making sure that its soil shouldn’t be used for terrorism in Islamabad, however cross-border militancy continues.

JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman demanded that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and KP Caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan examine the incident.