At least one Frontier Constabulary (FC) soldier was killed and another injured during a “foiled” attack by suicide. Bombers on the FC training centre in Charsadda’s Shabqadar area, the military’s media wing said.
DPO Charsadda Sohail Khalid told that two suicide bombers were killed during the attack. “One security personnel was also killed,” he added.
The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital in Shabqadar for treatment. The FC centre is located in the Ayesha Korona area of Charsadda district on the confluence of Mohammad Agency.
The Inter-Services Public Relations said the attack was “foiled” and two suicide bombers were killed in retaliatory fire.
During the exchange of fire with the suicide attackers, one FC personnel was killed and another injured, it added.
Last month, the security forces killed three suicide attackers who had attempted to wreak havoc at a local court in Charsadda district.
DSP Charsadda Fayaz Khan said five civilians have been killed in the attack, which the proscribed Jamaat-ul-Ahraar (JuA) claimed.
The attack came amid heightened security across KP and the country after a recent wave of terror.
Charsadda is at a nearly 40-minute drive from KP’s provincial capital Peshawar, and has been a target of terror attacks for nearly a decade.
A suicide bomber had struck a local court in Charasadda’s Shabqadar area last year in March, killing 17 people. That attack too was claimed by Jamaat-ul-Ahraar.
In January 2016, militants had attacked the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda and shot dead 21 people.
Resurgence in terror attacks
Pakistan is experiencing a fresh resurgence in terror attacks.
In the last 10 days, over 100 people have killed in terror attacks in Sindh, Balochistan, KP, Fata and Punjab.
On Feb 13, a suicide blast on Lahore’s Mall road saw 13 people dead and 85 injured. The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility.
In another incident on Feb 13, two Bomb Disposal Squad personnel were killed in Quetta while trying to defuse a roadside bomb at Sariab road.
On Feb 15, five people lost their lives in a suicide blast outside a government office in Mohmand Agency. JuA had claimed the responsibility for the attack.
In a separate suicide attack on Feb 15, one person died as a suicide attacker targeted a judges’ vehicle in Peshawar. TTP claimed the attack.
On Feb 16, in what is said to be the worst attack in the recent surge of terrorism, a suicide attack on the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Shrine in Sehwan saw over 85 people dead while more than 200 were injured. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the militant Islamic State (IS) group.
The same day, on Feb 16, an IED blast in Awaran, Balochistan left three security officials dead.