(PAKISTAN) JUST IN: At least nine people, including six police officers, were killed in twin suicide attacks inside the trauma centre of a hospital in Dera Ismail Khan district on Sunday, National Herald says, citing local police officials NB: Media Reports vary on number killed as female suicide bomber blew herself up inside the hospital #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – July.21: There are conflicting reports regarding the number of people who were killed and wounded in the blasts: According to India Today, three people were killed and seven others injured in the attacks, while National Herald says the death toll stands at seven people, including four policemen, with 40 others injured.

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The attacks happened in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Dera Ismail Khan district; four unidentified gunmen riding two motorbikes fired at two police officers, who were on duty at the hospital’s checkpoint, killing them, National Herald reports: When the bodies of the policemen were brought to the hospital, a female suicide bomber blew herself up inside, the paper adds, citing a police official.

//The Dawn News quotes a local forensics expert who said that the woman set off a 15-pound bomb packed with nails and ball bearings at the hospital’s entrance: According to Dl Khan District Police Officer (DPO) Salim Riaz, unidentified gunmen on four motorcycles opened fire on policemen at the Kotla Saidan checkpost in a residential area at approximately 7:45am on Sunday morning, martyring two policemen: Following the gun attack, a suicide blast took place at the hospital where the victims were shifted, the DPO said. The bomber struck at the entrance to the hospital, martyring four policemen and three civilians who were visiting their relatives.Inayatullah, a local forensics expert, said the attacker was female and set off 7 kilograms of explosives packed with nails and ball-bearings. However, police have yet to confirm or deny details about the bomber as the investigation is still in its early stages: About 30 others were injured in the two incidents, DPO Riaz said: The blast damaged the emergency room, forcing it to be shut down, according to a hospital official, who said the wounded were then shifted to a military hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks yet.

#AceNewsDesk reports ……………Published: July.21: 2019: URGENT: Seven people killed in two suicide attacks in a Pakistani hospital – reported — Sputnik (@SputnikInt) July 21, 2019

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