By Jibran Ahmad Reuters |
A bomb blast at a religious seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday killed at least seven people, including children, and wounded dozens, police and hospital officials said.
“Unknown people planted explosives in a plastic bag,” said a police officer in the northwestern city who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to media.
The bombing happened while a cleric was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam at the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, another police officer Waqar Azim said. He said initial investigations suggest the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the madrassa.
Peshawar, near the border with Afghanistan, has long been plagued by Islamist violence.