Excise blast attack police

1 killed, 23 injured in suicide bombing at Mardan Excise office

A suicide bomber blew himself up at Excise & Taxation Department building located in the Cantt area of Mardan on Tuesday, killing one and injuring at least 23 people.

The suicide attacker detonated the explosive vest at the crowded Excise and Taxation Office in Mardan district of Khyber Pakthunkhwa, district police officer Faisal Shahzad said.

The bomber fired two shots before the explosion, Shahzad said.

While talking to media the DPO of Mardan said almost 8-10 kilograms of explosives was used in the attack.

“Three individuals are seriously injured while others are being treated at DHQ Mardan,” the 1122 spokesperson told the media.

“The suicide attacker tried to enter the building and blew himself up when he was stopped by the security guards,” the DPO said. “Because of the vigilance of the security personnel, the scale of destruction has remained low. But more injuries and some causalities are feared.”

Police and security forces rushed to the site after the explosion and cordoned off the area.

The injured have been admitted to nearby hospitals.

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