Islamabad put on high alert after Peshawar blast, 8 killed 110 injured

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ISLAMABAD: Following the devastated explosion in Peshawar this morning, security high alert has been declared in Islamabad and authorities have apprehensions of same incident in the twin cities. Police officially announced a security high alert in the capital after a bomb blast in a seminary in Peshawar killed at least 8 people and wounded more than 110.

According to a statement, the Islamabad police chief has directed for stepping up checking at the entry and exit points of the city. Police patrolling has been increased and security has been stepped up at the Red Zone and government and other buildings in the city.

Peshawar: Rescue workers collect the remains of victims after a blast at Jamia Zuberia Madressah in Peshawar’s Dir Colony.

The police chief has also directed the deputy inspector general (DIG) (Operations) and other officers to personally inspect the security measures. It is also has been directed the officers to visit religious places and inspect the level of security.

It is pertinent to mention that at least eight people were killed and more than 110 injured in an explosion on Tuesday morning at the Jamia Zuberia madressah (seminary) in Peshawar’s Dir Colony.

According to Lady Reading Hospital spokesperson Mohammad Asim, four of the deceased were students between the ages of 20 to 25. It is stated that the blast took place in the madressah during a Quran class. Someone took a bag inside [with explosives] that exploded later. The injured have been admitted in various hospitals.

The United Nations Office in Pakistan said it was “appalled” by the attack. “We stand together in shock and grief after the heinous attack today on Jamia Zuberia madressah, Peshawar, where children take classes. We are appalled by this attack on children while they were in a place of prayer and learning,” it said.