PESHAWAR: Three people were killed and 19 other injured in a bomb blast at an election office in Maqsoodabad area, Peshawar on Sunday.

The device exploded outside the election office of independent candidate Nasir Khan, in Maqsoodabad, Landai Sarak in the jurisdiction of Khazana police station. Khan is contesting elections from the constituency of NA-46 and has previously served as a senator.

He is a Qamber Khel Afridi by clan from Khyber Agency. The remote controlled device had been planted on a bicycle which had been parked outside the election office. The election office and the surrounding area was crowded at the time of the explosion.

The injured were shifted to the Lady Reading Hospital. Soon after the attack, security forces cordoned off the area for investigation.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.

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