RAWALPINDI, (The News): Thirteen persons were killed and twenty-four others injured when a suicide blast occurred in RA Bazar of Rawalpindi early Monday morning while the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack, Geo News reported.
Police and military officials said a suicide bomber was possibly involved in today’s attack, which was powerful enough to smash windows in nearby buildings.
“Apparently it was a suicide attack,” a military official told.
According to official sources, a suicide bomber riding a bicycle was intercepted when he blew himself near RA Bazar that killed 13 persons including a 19-year-old student who was on his way to college. The deceased included six security men and seven civilians, sources told.
Two suspected persons were arrested from the blast site, DCO Rawalpindi told.
The intensity of the blast shattered glass windows in the area. Security was put on high alert throughout the area after the blast.
Rescue and hospital sources told that 24 others including school students were also injured who were shifted to nearby hospitals including CMH and MS.
Security forces reached the site immediately after the incident and cordoned off the area while the residents were forced to stay indoors. Bomb disposal squad was called in to ascertain the safety of the residents.
Media men were not allowed to approach the blast site as the security personnel gathered evidences.