UPDATE 2 - At Least 7 Killed, 70 Injured In Blast At Seminary In Northern Pakistan - Reports

UPDATE 2 - At Least 7 Killed, 70 Injured in Blast at Seminary in Northern Pakistan - Reports

NEW DELHI (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 27th October, 2020) At least seven people have been killed and some 70 injured in an explosion Tuesday morning at a religious school in Pakistan's Peshawar, media reported.

According to Pakistani news outlet Dawn, police are investigating the cause of the blast, with Senior Superintendent of Police (Operations) Mansoor Aman initial reports suggest a terror attack with the use of an improvised explosive device.

"Five Kilograms [11 pounds] of explosives were used in the blast," Aman was quoted by Dawn as saying.

Most of the victims are believed to be students attending Quran lessons in the northern Pakistani city, the outlet reported.

Four of the deceased were students ages 15 to 25, a hospital spokesman told the newspaper.

"Deeply saddened by terrorist attack on madrassah in Peshawar. My condolences go to the victims families & prayers for early recovery of the injured. I want to assure my nation we will ensure the terrorists responsible for this cowardly barbaric attack are brought to justice asap," Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted.

Dawn reported that the country's National Counter Terrorism Authority last week issued security alerts to opposition parties against holding large rallies due to credible information of possible subversive activities.