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    CM KP constitutes high level inquiry to probe blast, 12KG explosive used: IGP

    CM KP constitutes high level inquiry to probe blast, 12KG explosive used: IGP

    PESHAWAR (APP): Caretaker Chief Minister Azam Khan has constituted a high level inquiry committee to probe yesterday’s police line mosque blast.

    The caretaker CM revealed that an inquiry committee has been constituted to identify those who are responsible for this act. Speaking to the media along with Inspector-General Moazzam Jah Ansari, the Chief Minister said the committee would probe the blast with different angles and would submit a report at earliest.

    IGP said that about 10-12 kilograms of explosives were used in the power blast. A suicide bomber blew himself up in the mosque at around 1pm during the Zohr prayers, causing the roof to come crashing down upon those who were offering the prayers at that time that increased number of casualties.

    IGP Moazzam Jah Ansari said security lapses could not be avoided and investigations were underway to ascertain the facts. “We are checking one-month’s CCTV footage and tracking the facilitators of the bomber,” he added.

    A joint investigation team (JIT) has been notified and the probe will clear everything soon, he said. “Those responsible will be identified and brought to book,” he added.

    The rescue operation to retrieve bodies from the debris of the mosque has been concluded, said Rescue 1122’s spokesperson Bilal Faizi.

    A preliminary investigation report of the explosion has been sent to Prime Minister, the sources said, adding the evidence found at the site of the incident indicated that it was a suicide attack and its target was police.

    The roof tumbled down as the pillars collapsed, causing a lot of damage. The sources added that a high-level investigation committee has been constituted to look into the security lapses. The CCTV footage from the Police Lines gate and family quarters is being investigated.

    There are over 2,000 policemen in the Police Lines working with eight different departments.

    A large number of civilians visit police lines on a daily basis where family quarters also existed besides construction work going near the blast site with workers coming in and going out every day, the IGP added.

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