February 21, 2017
Six people were killed and more than 20 others injured when a group of suicide bombers from a Taliban faction attempted to storm a court complex in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the latest in a string of attacks across the country since last week.
Three attackers hit the sessions court in Tangi town of Charsadda district. They lobbed grenades and fired at the policemen guarding the complex before one attacker blew himself up near the gate. The other two, who were also wearing suicide vests, were gunned down by police.
District mayor Fahad Riaz confirmed the casualties. A lawyer was among the dead, officials said.
The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a faction of the Taliban, claimed the attack.
The court complex was crowded in the morning and deputy inspector general of police Ijaz Khan said police averted a major tragedy by preventing the attackers from entering the courthouse.