One dead, 14 injured in Nowshera suicide attack


–JuA claims responsibility, vows to continue ‘Ibn e Qasim’ offensive 

NOWSHERA: One person was killed and 14 others injured when a suicide bomber rammed his bike into a Frontier Constabulary (FC) vehicle on Nowshera’s Mall Road near Kachehri Chowk on Thursday afternoon.

According to details, 12 of the 14 injured were shifted to Combined Military Hospital, Nowshera while the other two were taken to the DHQ Hospital. The condition of four injured however was stated to be critical.

District Police Officer Shahzad Nadeem Bukhari told reporters that the FC vehicle was on the way to Peshawar from Rawalpindi with six personnel, including an officer, when it was targeted. The attack had destroyed the vehicle and leaving all the passengers injured.


Meanwhile, the Jamatul Ahrar (JuA) has claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack, as well as, releasing images of the Nowshera suicide bomber. The bomber has been identified as Roohul Ameen alias Qari Usman who was said to be in his early teens, reported a local news publication.

The JuA claimed that the attack is part of operation Ibn Qasim and more attacks will be carried out such as this in the future. Following the attack, security measures have been tightened throughout the province.

Earlier, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud had declared the security schedule and strategy for the holy month of Ramzan. It was also reported that there was a high-security alert throughout the province and other parts of the country.


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