Swat CTD police station blast wasn’t terrorism; 17 including cops, girl dead

Blast wasn’t terrorism but explosives in the basement exploded, says DIG Malakand; 12 policemen, girl and four detainees died

At least 17 people were killed and 60 others injured in an explosion at a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Tehsil Kabal of Swat district on Monday.

According to details, the death toll in the CTD blast in the Kabal area of Swat has risen to 17, including 12 policemen, a girl, and four detainees.

Police said that the CTD police detained all four people, some unidentified people were under investigation in the CTD police station, while the number of injured in the blast increased to 70.

Health Secretary Mahmood Aslam said that 53 injured in the Swat Kabal blast were brought to the hospital, eight injured were in critical condition in Saidu Sharif Hospital and 10 bodies were brought to the hospital.

According to police officials, the police station building was destroyed in the blast. Authorities have said that there were two explosions in the building.

According to state media [Radio Pakistan], 15 people have been killed and 60 injured as a result of two explosions.

DPO Swat Shafiullah Gandapur told media that the blast set fire to the police station building. He said that it was too early to say anything about the damage.

DIG Malakand Nasir Mahmood Sati confirmed that the Kabal blast was not terrorism, the explosives in the basement exploded.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that an investigation was underway into the blast in Kabal.

He tweeted that as soon as the security agencies reach a conclusion, the public will be informed.

The prime minister’s clarification came after he tweeted that the blast was a “suicide attack”.

A Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police spokesman said that according to the initial report, there was a high possibility of an explosion due to a short circuit. He said there was no evidence of an attack from outside so far.

Preliminary reports said that an explosion of explosives in the mall triggered a fire in the police station. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the blast.

The injured were shifted to Saidu Group of Teaching Hospital. After the blast, a state of emergency was declared in hospital and all the staff were summoned on emergency basis.

The other two shifts of the Disaster Management Committee have been kept in a standby position as a precautionary measure to provide immediate assistance in case of an emergency.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has strongly condemned the blast at CTD police station in Swat and said that the sacrifices of martyrs for the safety of the country and the nation will never be forgotten.

The interior minister expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the blast and expressed sympathy to the families of the martyrs.

The caretaker chief minister is also in touch with the concerned police officials regarding the blast.