ATTOCK: Punjab Home Minister Col (r) Shuja Khanzada was martyred along with eleven others in a suicide blast at his political office in Shadi Khan near Attock on Sunday.
Adviser to Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Dr Saeed Elahi, confirmed Khanzada’s death. “Home Minister Shuja Khanzada was killed in the suicide blast.”
Police said the blast appeared to be a large bomb, and it had caused the roof to cave in as Khanzada held meetings with supporters in his hometown of Attock. Khanzada was trapped under the rubble along with 24 other people as the entire structure of his office building collapsed.
“The bodies of eight people have been pulled out from the rubble,” Zahid Saeed, the commissioner of Rawalpindi, told reporters, adding it was a suicide attack.
“There were between 20 and 30 people present when the blast took place,” district information officer Shahzad Niaz told reporters.
Rescue workers at the scene said eight bodies had been recovered so far. DSP Hazro Shaukat Shah was among the dead. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.
Police and rescue teams have reached the site and rescue efforts are underway. An emergency has been declared in hospitals in the twin cities. Further, Inter Services Public Relations said, “Pakistan Army’s special urban search and rescue teams have reached the blast site.”