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Several Students killed in blast at Pakistan religious school

Peshawar: A blast at a religious seminary in Pakistan’s northern city of Peshawar has killed at least seven people, including children, and injured dozens.

More than 60 people had been taking a lesson when the explosion tore through the madrassa in Peshawar, about 170 kilometres west of Islamabad, said Waqar Azim, a senior police official.

A spokesman for the Lady Reading Hospital nearby said it had received seven dead and 70 wounded patients, many with burns suffered in the blast.

Television footage from the scene of the blast showed significant damage to the interior of the mosque’s main prayer hall, with pockmarks dotting the ceiling and debris strewn across the floor.

Pakistan has battled the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Pakistani Taliban, since 2007, when the group was formed and held sway over several districts, carrying out frequent attacks against civilian and security targets across the country.

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