In a brazen assault, four heavily-armed suicide attackers on Friday stormed a Christian colony, opening indiscriminate fire that left one person dead and several others injured before the terrorists were gunned down by security forces in this northwestern Pakistani city.
Pakistani Taliban-linked Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed the responsibility for the attack.
The firing began around 6 AM when terrorists attacked the colony and exchanged fire with security forces in Warsak area of Peshawar district in Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province, officials said.
Two of the attackers detonated their suicide jackets while two others were killed by security forces, officials were quoted as saying by the Dawn News. One civilian was also killed in the attack, they said. “Terrorist attacked Christian Colony Warsak Road, Peshawar. Security forces promptly responded. All 4 suicide bombers killed. Search in progress,” Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Asim Bajwa tweeted.
In the exchange of fire, two Frontier Corps soldiers, a police constable and two civilian guards were injured. No outfit has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.
Peshawar has faced numerous terrorist attacks, including the December 2014 massacre of students at an army-run school. Taliban gunmen had killed more than 150 people, most of them children, in the deadliest attack.