13 killed in Court Attack in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: The death toll in terrorists attack at district court in Islamabad has reached to 13 including an Additional Session Judge, while over 30 were injured in the Monday morning terrorist attack, ARY News reports.
An injured succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
High Alert in Islamabad
Security high alert has been declared in Islamabad after this morning's court attack.
The authorities have also deployed commandoes at Adiala Jail to step up security to counter any threat.
Chief Justice takes notice
Chief Justice of Pakistan has taken suo moto notice of the attack on a lower court in Islamabad and called report from Federal Security of Interior about the security lapse during the terrorist incident.
Moreover, Pakistan Bar Council has announced countrywide boycott of the court proceedings to protest against the attack on Islamabad court in which a judge and several lawyers lost their lives.
The attack at a court building in F-8 area of the federal capital claimed 13 lives including Additional Session Judge Rafaqat Awan who succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
According to earlier reports, the number of the gunmen involved in the shootout were between five to seven.
In the attack hand grenades lobbed at the court building and two suicide bombers blew up their explosives killing 11 persons and injuring more than 30 people who were transferred to hospitals in federal capital for medical attendance.
A shootout opened between the law enforcement agencies and the gunmen. According to eyewitness accounts the attackers chanted slogans during their bold terror drive in the court. The attackers were between 18 to 25 years of age and look like foreigners, sources said.
The attackers later fled from the crime scene.
The lawyers were also among the injured in the court building attack. According to hospital sources 12 injured brought to Islamabad's Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).
The police has initiated search operation in the court building to ensure safety of the premises.
Islamabad High Court has adjourned hearing of cases after the attack on the lower court.
Islamabad Police chief has called the attack on the court an incident of terrorism.
Talking to media the police chief said that the policemen engaged the terrorists and a policeman was also injured in the incident.
MQM leader Altaf Hussain and others have condemned the attack.
Coordinator of Taliban talks committee Maulana Yousuf Shah has said he feared such incidents adding that some elements don't want peace and ceasefire with Taliban. "We have to fight this situation," he added.