As the origin of the explosions was still unknown on Tuesday, the number of deaths from Monday’s twin bomb blast explosions at the Kabal police station in Swat increased to 16, according to authorities.
Swat Bomb Blast Explosions:
A day earlier, the police station was shaken by two explosions that took place on the grounds of the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) headquarters.
Two simultaneous explosions occurred within the CTD police station inside Kabal Police Lines on Monday night at 8:29 p.m., according to a report released by the Office of Deputy Commissioner Swat today, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com.
The CTD office, a mosque housed inside the police station, and their roofs were all damaged by the explosions, which were also followed by a fire.
Nine police officers and six civilians out of the deaths, according to the KP police, while the identification of the other victims was still being completed.
Sub-inspector Abdullah Khan, Sub-inspector Ashraf Ali, Assistant Sub-Inspector CTD Sher Alam, Constables Taj Muhammad, Asmat Ali, Khalilur Rahman, Bakht Rokhan, and Fazal Raziq, as well as Nahid and 2-year-old Azan, were all identified as the deceased.
The report also stated that eight of the 63 injured by the blasts were in critical condition.
A second day of the rescue effort at the bomb site was in progress, according to Rescue 1122 spokesman Shafiqa Gul, who told that roughly 100 rescue workers and large equipment were involved.
She said that Swat, Mardan, Lower Dir, Upper Dir, Shangla, Buner, Malakand, and Chitral were the native places of the deceased. “The bodies are being sent back to the hometowns where they will be laid to rest,” Gul said.
Hospitals in Swat have been placed on high alert, according to Mahmood Aslam Wazir, the health secretary for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar has also declared an emergency to handle emergencies.
He said that all employees were instructed to attend to their places of employment and that the regional blood centre for Swat had been activated to provide the hospitals with blood right away.
The country was in “deep mourning” at the loss of the police employees who were slain, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who strongly condemned the explosion at the police station.
“We will not rest until we eliminate this scourge. My condolences to bereaved families,” he wrote in the tweet.
Strongly condemn suicide attack on CTD police station in Swat. Nation is deeply grieved over martyrdom of police officials. Our police has been the first line of defence against terrorism. We will not rest until we eliminate this scourge. My condolences to bereaved families.— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) April 24, 2023
Imran Khan, the chairman of PTI and a former prime minister, sent his sympathies to the victims’ families. He also conveyed his prayers for anyone hurt in the event to recover quickly.
My condolences go to the families of the victims of the terrible blast at the Kabal police station in Swat, which was also the office of the CTD & weapons storage facility, & prayers for the injured. https://t.co/rRogDNytUy— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) April 25, 2023
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