10 people were killed Monday in a suicide attack on a court complex in northwest Pakistan, NBC News reported.
A splinter group of the Pakistan Taliban claimed the attack. It occurred in the Shabqadar neighborhood of Charsadda in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. A spokesman for the group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaatul Ahrar (TTP-JA) said it carried out the killings to avenge the hanging of a death-row prisoner regarded by some as a hero of Islam.
"A suicide bomber tried to enter the judicial complex but he blew himself up at the main entrance when police stopped him," local police chief Sohail Khalid told NBC News.
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The dead included four women and two police officials while 27 others people were injured, he said.