At least seven people were killed and several others were injured after an explosion at a madrasa in Peshawar’s Dir Colony, the Dawn reported on Tuesday.
While the cause of the blast is unknown, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mansoor Aman told reporters that an investigation is underway.
At least 70 people with injuries were brought to Lady Reading Hospital, a spokesperson at the medical facility said.
The bombing happened when a cleric was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam at the main hall of Jamia Zubairia madrassa, police officer Waqar Azim said, adding initial investigations suggest the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the madrassa.
Several of the wounded were in critical condition, and hospital authorities feared the death toll could climb further.
Peshawar is the provincial capital of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province bordering Afghanistan.
The province has been the scene of such militant attacks in recent years, but sectarian violence has also killed or wounded people at mosques or seminaries across Pakistan. The latest attack comes two days after a bombing in the southwestern city of Quetta killed three people. Last month, five people were killed and two injured in a blast in Akbarpura area of Nowshera, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
With inputs from Associated Press