Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

'All is Well' for Lisa Simone

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

EU questions Apple's tax deals in Ireland

Read more

FOCUS

The Iraqi TV show where victims confront terrorists

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: Syrian student risks her life to film IS group stronghold

Read more

LIFESTYLES

Forgotten and fictional sports

Read more

DEBATE

Modi in America: India's Prime minister on triumphant US tour

Read more

DEBATE

Hong Kong protests: Pro-democracy movement gets global support

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

China censors Hong Kong protests on social media

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Diane von Fürstenberg, Fashion designer

Read more

Asia-pacific

Deadly gun and bomb attack targets court in Pakistani capital

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-03-03

At least 11 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded on Monday after gunmen stormed a court in a busy district in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.

Police said the deadly incident began with gunfire by two or three attackers followed by two suicide blasts.

“All the attackers fled though one sustained injuries in the leg and back,” Islamabad police chief Sikandar Hayat told reporters.

Pakistan has been fighting a bloody insurgency led by homegrown Taliban since 2007, but the extremists have rarely targeted locations within the capital in recent years.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.

The deadly assaults on the court complex, which killed at least one judge, took place after the Taliban declared a one-month ceasefire over the weekend in order to pursue stalled peace negotiations with the government.

Rubble and broken glass littered the site of the blast at the F8 market area as residents and police rushed around in bloodstained clothes.

Reports said pools of blood and severed body parts were scattered in the area of the capital where judges' chambers and lawyers' offices are located.

(FRANCE 24 with Reurters, AFP, AP)
 

Date created : 2014-03-03

  • PAKISTAN

    Pakistan bombs militant leader's hideout after declared ceasefire

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Pakistan air strikes target Taliban in restive northwest

    Read more

  • PAKISTAN

    Pakistani govt, Taliban hold first round of peace talks

    Read more

COMMENT(S)