ISLAMABAD: At least 11 people including an additional session Judge Rafaqat Awan were killed on Monday when unidentified assailants opened fire and threw crackers in a court in the capital city’s F-8 area, DawnNews reported.
Due to continuous firing in the court, 11 people were dead and 20 injured.
Also, the lawyers fled from their chambers seeking shelter from bullets as fear and panic gripped the area.
According to police, two blasts took place inside the court premises, one near the chambers of a judge and the other outside an office of an official.
Officers at the scene in the city’s F-8 sector told AFP the incident began when a defendant was brought before the court and his friends tried to break him free.
Another senior-ranking police official said that the incident could be a terror attack but nothing could be said with confirmation as yet.
The hearings of cases, scheduled for the day, were postponed.
Subsequently, police and special forces were deployed in the court and emergency had been declared in the hospitals.
Pakistan has been in the grip of a bloody homegrown Taliban insurgency since 2007 but attacks within the capital have been very rare in recent years.