At least 21 killed in suicide attack near Nadra office in Mardan

Islamabad, Dec.29 (ANI): At least 21e people were killed and 56 others were injured in a powerful blast near the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office on Nisatta Road in Mardan in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province on Tuesday.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the blast.

According to the Dawn, the blast took place when the office was crowded with people lining up to make applications for National Identity Cards (NIC).

The paper quoted Deputy Inspector General of Police of the Mardan Division Saeed Wazir, as saying that a security guard posted at the office had stopped the bomber at the gate, after which he detonated his suicide vest.

He said that the suicide attacker was on a motorbike and rammed it into the gate after being denied entry.

The Nadra office is located on a link road that connects Charsadda to Mardan. (ANI with inputs)

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