Car bomb kills 20 in Kohat

A car bomb ripped through a police compound in Kohat, killing 20 including women, children and police officers on Tuesday.

The dead were the wives and children of police officers, said Khalid Omarzai, the city’s top government official.

Another 94 people were wounded in Tuesday’s bombing, he said, adding that they had been taken to hospitals after rescuers cleared rubble of over two dozen collapsed houses and shops.

The complex in the garrison city of Kohat houses officers’ homes, a training facility and a commercial area.

Officer Mohammad Arif said there was a huge explosion in the residential area of the compound soon after the evening breaking of the daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

Power to the area was cut, forcing emergency workers to search for victims in the dark, he said.