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Nine killed in suicide blast near RA Bazar in Rawalindi

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RAWALPINDI: Atleast Nine persons were killed and eighteen others injured when a suicide blast occurred in RA Bazar of Rawalpindi early Monday morning, our sources reported.

Police and military officials said a suicide bomber was possibly involved in today's attack, which was powerful enough to smash windows in nearby buildings.

"Apparently it was a suicide attack," a military official told.

According to DCO Rawalpindi, a suicide bomber riding a bicycle was intercepted when he blew himself near RA Bazar that killed nine persons including a 19-year-old student who was on his way to college. The deceased included five security men and four civilians, sources told.

Two suspected persons were arrested from the blast site, DCO Rawalpindi told.

The intensity of the blast shattered glass windows in the area. Security was put on high alert throughout the area after the blast.

Rescue and hospital sources told that 18 others including school students were also injured who were shifted to nearby hospitals including CMH and MS.

Security forces reached the site immediately after the incident and cordoned off the area while the residents were forced to stay indoors. Bomb disposal squad was called in to ascertain the safety of the residents.

Media men were not allowed to approach the blast site as the security personnel gathered evidences.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the bombing, Spokesman for the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shahidullah Shahid said the group had carried out the attack in Rawalpindi, adding that it was in response to the ongoing military operations in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and the killing of the militant leader Waliur Rehman.

Moreover, police had started investigation and was searching for evidence from the spot where the explosion took place and a search operation was also launched in the adjoining areas.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the blast.

The blast occurred one day after an attack on a convoy of security forces near the Cantt area in Bannu district, which killed 20 people and injured 30. This attack was also claimed by the TTP with its spokesman saying the group's onslaught on security forces would continue.

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