Two women among 7 killed in Kohat tunnel blast

Seven persons including two women were killed and 19 others sustained injuries in two suicide blasts light Friday night on both sides of the entrance of Kohat tunnel, connecting southern part of the country to provincial capital Peshawar.

According to police and rescue 1122 officials at least seven persons including two women were killed and 19 others injured in the blasts around 12.30 am.

Muhammad Tariq, a rescue official told APP that the two suicide blasts occurred on both sides of the tunnel which intercepted the vehicles carrying passengers and killed seven persons on the spot while 19 others sustained injuries.

He said soon after the blasts, rescue teams were rushed to the spot and shifted the injured to District Hospital Kohat and Lady Ready Hospital Peshawar.

He said they have shifted three bodies to LRH Peshawar including 19-year old Muqrab from Afghanistan, Badshah Rehman (27) S/o Muhammad Din resident Mir Ali, Waziristan Agency and an unknown 19-year boy.

He said only 6 persons out of 19 injured were shifted to LRH Peshawar while others were shifted to District Hospital Kohat. He also confirmed that four injured persons have been said to be in critical condition.

The names of the injured were included, Khairabad (27) S/o Nasrullah of Nowshera, Farman (25) S/o Tuzee Khail of Waziristan, Muhammad Hayat (40) of Karak, Saifullah (25) S/o Tuzee Khail of Waziristan, Sher Wali (40) S/o Muhammad Sajjad of Miran Shah.

Soon after the incident the officials of the law enforcing agencies cordoned off the area and started search operation.

Meanwhile, the explosion has led to temporary closure of Kohat tunnel for all kinds of traffic, as rescue activities were underway, the official added.

Kohat tunnel was opened for traffic two months ago and has received minor damages due to blasts occurred at the entrances of both sides of the tunnel. Previously, the tunnel was closed for traffic for two years and recently being opened.