10 killed in Hangu sectarian attack
KOHAT: At least 10 people, two policemen among them, were killed and 16 others injured on Friday when a suicide bomber struck a private hospital in Hangu which has been battling the twin scourge of militancy and sectarianism for over a decade.
Police received a call from a man who introduced himself as Abu Mansoor, commander of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al Almi of Hangu, Kohat and Orakzai and Kurram Agencies, and claimed the responsibility for the blast.
The suicide attack had all the hallmarks of a sectarian assault and followed a similar blast on the first of Muharram on a bus taking mostly Shia passengers to Lower Orakzai. The hospital and a nearby imambargah are run by a Shia community trust.