MARDAN, Pakistan: A suicide blast took place on Mall Road in Mardan’s Cantonment Area on Tuesday, leaving at least one person dead and 18 others wounded.
Talking to media, the District Police Officer (DPO) Faisal Shahzad said that the suicide bomber ripped through the Multan Excise and Taxation Office.
The DPO said that the bomber fired two shots before detonating explosive vest wrapped around his body. He further said that 8 to 10 kilograms of explosive was used in the blast.
Meanwhile, the police and security forces rushed to the site and cordoned off the area while the injured were shifted to nearby hospitals including District Headquarters Hospital Mardan.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra strongly condemned the suicide explosion in the office of Excise and Taxation department in Mardan and directed the hospitals administration to provide best medical facilities to injured victims.
In a statement, the governor said that such coward attacks could not deter the determination of the nation in the fight against terrorism.
The governor said that the perpetrators and facilitators of the attack could not escape from clutches of law and would be punished.