Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan Tuesday, claiming the lives of five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Takfiri violence.
All three of the attackers were carrying hand grenades and AK-47 assault rifles, Ijaz Khan, police chief in the northwestern district of Charsadda, told Reuters.
One attacker blew himself up outside the court, while two were killed by policemen before they could enter the building.
"The terrorists had come and wanted to kill as many people as they could inside the judicial complex," Khan said. "Five people were killed in the attack."
Besides lawyers and judges, hundreds of litigants visit the building every day.
A spokesman for Jamaat-ur-Ahrar, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement emailed to media.
Last week, the militant faction released a video announcing a new campaign of attacks against the government, including the judiciary, police and the army.
A series of bombings last week, in which more than 100 people were martyred, has shattered a nascent sense that the worst of the country's militant violence might be in the past.
The deadliest of last week's attacks was on a famous Sufi Muslim shrine in the southern province of Sindh and was claimed by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for the Takfiri ‘ISIS/ISIL' terrorist group].
Daesh has a small but increasingly prominent presence in Pakistan.
Militants loyal to it are known to be operating under different names in Pakistan to attack the government, army and members of religious minorities.
Most of the other recent attacks have been claimed by factions of the Pakistani Taliban, which is waging its own fight against the government but whose ranks have also cooperated with, and sometimes defected to, Daesh.
Television footage showed wounded people being taken to hospital. Provincial health officials said the critically wounded would be treated at a major hospital in Peshawar, about 30 km from Charsadda.
Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team