facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Blast kill 15 at Pakistan madrassa

June 7, 2012 at 6:45 PM   |   Comments

QUETTA, Pakistan, June 7 (UPI) -- Police said a bomb hidden in a bicycle decorated with flowers exploded at a religious school in Pakistan Thursday, killing at least 15 people.

The blast shook a madrassa in Quetta, where the students had just concluded a certificate ceremony.

The students killed were ages 6 to 8, Police Deputy Inspector General Qazi Wahid told reporters at the scene.

Wahid said the bomb was apparently hidden in a bicycle parked outside the school. The bike was decorated with flower garlands, which apparently fooled security guards into believing it was part of the promotion ceremony.

Nearly 50 people were injured in the blast, and police said the toll could have been higher if the bomb-laden bike had been wheeled inside the school.

The Pakistan Daily Times said there were no immediate claims of responsibility for the bombing. Madrassas have not been the targets of any threats in the city despite an ongoing crime problem, a city police official told the newspaper.

© 2012 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
France holds up delivery of warships to Russia France holds up delivery of warships to Russia
2
North Korea publicly executes 10 people for watching South Korean soap operas North Korea publicly executes 10 people for watching South Korean soap operas
3
Father upset over Islam history lesson barred from school over threats Father upset over Islam history lesson barred from school over threats
4
Suspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein nabbed Suspected Pennsylvania cop killer Eric Frein nabbed
5
Actress Lucy DeCoutere becomes first public accuser of Jian Ghomeshi Actress Lucy DeCoutere becomes first public accuser of Jian Ghomeshi
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback