Eighteen people including children were feared killed and at least 40 injured in a powerful blast that ripped through the police lines in Kohat, a cantonment town in Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa.

The toll is expected to rise as many people are said to be buried under the rubble of the buildings that were brought down by the explosion.

Khyber-Pukhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain — whose only son was gunned down by terrorists in July — told reporters that the blast took place soon after Iftaar. “We will have a clearer picture on the number of deaths and injured after the rubble is cleared.'' This is the second time in two days that a police installation has been targeted in the province that borders the Federally Administered Tribal Areas - where the Taliban is said to be holed up. About the frequent terror strikes , the Minister said there was a need to go after the terrorists across the country. as the piece-meal approach was allowing them to regroup in new areas.

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