CHARSADDA / ISLAMABAD: At least six people, including a lawyer were killed and more than 20 others injured as a sessions court in Charsadda was hit by multiple suicide bombers Tuesday morning.

District Nazim Charsadda Fahad Riaz confirmed the casualties.

Attackers attempted to enter the court premises through the main gate, witnesses said, adding they opened fire and also threw hand grenades, prompting retaliatory fire by police and security forces deployed at the court premises. The attackers were killed.

“The explosions took place at the entrance of the sessions court,” said Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid.

An explosion, witnesses said, took place at the entrance of the court, and one near the bar room. “One of the suicide bombers tried to enter the court, however, was shot dead by security officials.”

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

“One of the attackers lobbed a hand grenade at the gate of the court and then opened fire,” said Naeem Iqbal, a witness.

“Initial estimates suggest the explosives used in the attack weighed around 9kgs,” Mardan DIG Aijaz Khan told reporters.

The bodies and injured were shifted to Charsadda Tangi Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

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