At least three persons were killed and several others were injured in suicide attack targeting the vehicle of a religious leader at the entrance of the Jamia Uloom al-Islamia madressah (seminary) in the suburbs of Peshawar after Friday prayers.

The Jamatud Dawa (JuD) leader, Haji Hidayatullah, was not present in the vehicle when it was targeted by the suicide attacker. However his driver and bodyguard, who were the occupants of the targeted vehicle, were killed in the blast.

The suicide blast targeted a pickup vehicle and body-parts of the attacker had been recovered, according to AIG Bomb Disposal Squad Shafqat Malik who added that five to six kilograms of explosives were used in the blast.

Malik further said that ball bearing and pellets were also used in the making of the bomb

Security persons reached the blast site and cordoned off the area.

Rescue teams rushed to the blast site and kicked off rescue operations. The dead and injured were shifted to Lady Reading hospital.