At least 12 people were killed and 52 injured after two bombs exploded outside a court in Pakistan, reported ITV.

The explosions erupted in the city of Mardan in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northeastern part of the country. Among the killed and injured were lawyers, police officers, and civilians.

BBC adds that the court in Mardan was attacked by a suicide bomber. He threw a hand grenade before going near the courthouse and detonating the bomb.

Earlier this morning, militants opened fire on a Christian colony near Peshawar, which led to a shootout. In the shootout had been killed four terrorists and one Christian. Three employees of the security forces and two civilians guards were wounded.

Local police official informed that four suicide bombers raided the Christian colony and one of them entered the church. At that time, however, it was empty.

A faction of the Taliban said it was responsible for the attack in the Christian neighborhood.

Later the Pakistani extremist group Jamaat-ul Ahrar claimed responsibility for the bombing outside the court house.


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