3 injured as hand grenade, submitted as proof, explodes in court

A hand grenade submitted as proof in a Pakistani anti-terrorism court accidentally went off injuring three persons today.

The explosion took place in the court where the judge was presiding over a high-profile terror case. The grenade was among weapons and explosives recovered from a suspect against which a case had been filed in the ATC for illegal possession of explosives.

According to reports, during the court hearing, Judge Shakil Haider asked the police to demonstrate how the device worked and pulled out the safety pin of the grenade resulting in the blast.

After the blast, all hearings in the terror-related case were suspended for the day.

Rescue workers shifted three injured persons from the court to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.

The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) later reached the location and cleared the courtroom for any explosives.

A probe has been ordered into the incident as properties produced in a case are usually disarmed by experts.

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