Eight dead in Pakistan ‘revenge’ blast

Pakistani security personnel and volunteers move victims injured in a suicide bombing to a hospital in Peshawar on 7 March 2016, after an attack on a court complex in the town of ShabqadarImage copyright

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Several were also injured in the attack, including children

At least eight people have been killed in a Pakistan bombing which militants say was in revenge for the execution of a policeman turned assassin.

The apparent suicide attack, at the entrance to a court in the north-western town of Shabqadar, wounded 27 people, police told local media.

Militants said it was to avenge the hanging last week of Mumtaz Qadri, who was seen by many as a religious hero.

Qadri killed the governor of Punjab in 2011 for opposing blasphemy laws.

Shabqadar is located on the border of the tribal district of Mohmand, which remains volatile years after the military said it had been cleared of militants.

“We have not killed civilians. The court and judges were our target as their practices are un-Islamic,” a spokesperson for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, a splinter group of Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), told Pakistan’s Express Tribune.

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