18 killed, 30 injured in suicide attack on NADRA office: DPO

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MARDAN, Dec 29 (APP): A suicide bomber on Tuesday rammed his explosive laden motorcycle at the gate of the NADRA Regional Office here, killing 18 people on the spot and leaving 30 others injured with several in critical condition, DPO Mardan Faisal Shahzad told APP.

“The bomber riding on motorcycle loaded with explosive materials, rammed into the gate of NADRA Office and killed 18 people and injuring 30 others,” DPO said.

NADRA regional office was located at Dosera Chowk on Mardan-Charsadda road where people were assembled to get Computerized Identity Cards  when the powerful explosion occurred.

The DPO rejected the impression that it was a security lapse, adding policemen were deployed for security of NADRA office.

The injured were shifted to Mardan Medical Complex Peshawar while critically wounded is being shifted to Lady Reading Hospital. Emergency has been imposed in Mardan Medical Complex while doctors on leave were called in for duty.

The casualty figure may increase further as condition of several victims are critical.

Police and security forces have cordoned off the area and started search operation.

The identity of victims could not be immediately ascertained.