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Police report excludes terrorism from the incident at the CTD police station

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SWAT: The primary reason behind the explosions that killed at least 16 at a Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) police station in Swat was a short circuit in the ammunition depot, a report prepared after the initial investigations held by police stated. The News Reported

According to report, Explosions that occurred on Monday at the CTD precinct in Swat’s Kabal claimed at least 12 police lives. By the time this report was submitted, there were 16 fatalities, as some of the injured perished from their injuries, the police said on Tuesday. Ten of the more than 40 patients currently receiving treatment are in critical condition. 

The police stated that there was “no evidence of an attack from outside” in the incident in the preliminary investigation report.

According to the police report, “there is a high likelihood that the blast was caused by a short circuit as fire erupted in the armoury” (where weapons are kept).

DIG CTD In a media interview, Khalid Sohail claimed that negligence was the reason the ammunition caught fire. He disclosed that the incident occurred in the CTD’s former office.

He also ruled out the idea that the explosions might have been terrorist attacks or other types of suicide bombings.

“There was a store where we had a huge quantity of weapons, and until now we believe that there might have been some blast in it due to some carelessness,” he said.

Sohail said the shock waves caused “the complete collapse of the building”.

Meanwhile, the work of removing the debris is underway as nearby buildings, including mosques, houses, school walls and roofs also collapsed due to the explosion.

Among the martyrs, four were civilians while 12 were policemen. The hospital administration said that 10 out of the 40 people injured are in critical condition.

Sources within the police said that a two-member committee had been formed to investigate the munitions blasts at the CTD police station. The body includes Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Home Secretary Abid Majeed and the Special Branch deputy inspector general.

Sources said that the committee has been directed to submit a report by completing the probe as soon as possible.

Following the blast, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Inspector General Akhtar Hayat Gandapur said: “A series of two to three bomb explosions occurred. He added that “majority of the victims” were policemen.

Footage from the site showed a body being stretchered from the rubble as a smattering of small fires blazed in the darkness.

On Twitter, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif initially described Monday’s blasts as a “suicide attack”.

“Our police has been the first line of defence against terrorism,” he tweeted.

Late at night, he tweeted an update saying “The nature of the blast is being investigated”.

In January, a suicide bomber detonated his vest in a mosque inside a police compound in Peshawar, killing more than 80 officers as the building collapsed and rained down rubble on worshippers.

The following month, five were killed when a suicide squad stormed a police compound in the southern port city of Karachi, prompting an hours-long shootout.

The country, which is home to over 220 million people, has witnessed a dramatic uptick in attacks since late last year.

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