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At least 12 killed and 52 injured in Pakistan double bombing

Soldiers stand guard following the shoot-out in the Christian colony. Credit: Reuters

At least 12 people have been killed and 52 injured after two bombs were detonated outside a court in Pakistan.

The bombings took place in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in the northwestern area of the country.

So far we recovered 12 bodies of the lawyers, police personnel and civilians. Besides this, we rescued 52 injured, including lawyers, police personnel and civilians from the spot.

– Haris Habib, chief rescue officer in the city of Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

Pakistani militant group Jamaat-ur-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.

Earlier on Friday morning militants opened fire on a Christian colony near Peshawar, leading to a shoot-out in which four terrorists and one Christian died.

Three security officials and two civilian guards were also wounded.

Local police official Shaukat Khan said four suicide bombers entered the Christian colony and one of them went into a church but no-one was there at the time. He added that one Christian in the colony was killed.


IS leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed in drone strike

The leader of the so-called Islamic State militant group in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike, according to an Afghan official.

Hafiz Saeed Khan had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State Credit: Reuters

Hafiz Saeed Khan, along with a number of senior commanders and fighters, was said to have been hit in an eastern Afghan province.

A former member of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban who later swore allegiance to IS, Khan had also been reported killed last year, but the death was never confirmed.

Omar Zakhilwal, Afghanistan's ambassador to Pakistan, told reporters the fatal strike had taken place on July 26.

I can confirm that ISIS Khurasan leader Hafiz Saeed Khan along with his senior commanders and fighters died in a US drone strike on July 26 in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar province.

– Omar Zakhilwal, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan

Pentagon spokesperson Gordon Trowbridge confirmed Khan's death.

The death is a blow to the efforts of so-called Islamic State to expand from its heartlands in Syria and Iraq, and into Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Afridi steps down as Pakistan T20 captain

Shahid Afridi. Credit: PA

Shahid Afridi has announced he will continue playing for Pakistan but has stepped down as the captain of the Twenty20 side.

The 36-year-old had hinted in the past that he would retire following the World Twenty20 campaign and after Pakistan's disappointing exit he said he would take his time before coming to a decision.

But Afridi, who has made just one Test appearance since 2006 as he focused on white-ball cricket and has not played a one-day international in over a year, revealed in a statement on his official Twitter page that he had decided to continue in the game's shortest format but relinquished the captaincy.

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