15 killed in Pakistan suicide blast

Islamabad, Dec 8 (IANS) At least 15 people were killed and more than 20 injured Wednesday morning in a suicide blast in Kohat’s busy Teerah market in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, state-run PTV reported.

The suicide bomber blew himself up in a barber’s shop located near a bus stand. The death toll could rise further, the report said.

The District Police Officer (DPO) Kohat, Dilawar Bangash, confirmed the death of 15 people in the blast. ‘We can confirm the exact death toll after the completion of rescue operation which is still being carried out,’ he said.

Security officials had received terror threats on the eve of Muharram, first month of Islamic calendar and revered by the Shia community in particular.

(Awais Saleem can be contacted at [email protected])