At least four students were killed and dozens more injured on Tuesday when a bomb exploded during a class at their religious school in northwest Pakistan, officials said.
More than 60 people had taken a lesson when the explosion ravaged the Peshawar madrassa, about 170 kilometers west of Islamabad, said Waqar Azim, a senior police official.
“The explosion took place in a seminary during a Quran class. Someone took a bag inside the seminary. At least four seminary students were killed and 34 injured,” Azim told the AFP.
He added that the person who brought the bag left the conference room before the explosion.
Mohammad Ali Gandapur, another senior police official, confirmed the explosion and details. He said two teachers were among the injured.
No group has claimed immediate responsibility for the attack.
The explosion follows months of relative calm in Pakistan.
Peshawar was once the epicenter of terrorist violence in Pakistan, with jihadists targeting the city’s security forces and public spaces near the northwestern border with Afghanistan.
Violence in Pakistan has declined in recent years following a series of military operations along the border with Afghanistan, but terrorist groups are still able to carry out deadly attacks.
The Pakistani military launched its operation in mid-2014 to wipe out terrorist bases in the region and end a nearly decade-long insurgency that claimed thousands of lives.
The operation escalated after the Pakistani Taliban killed more than 150 people, most of them children, at a school in Peshawar in December 2014.
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