Bombing hits Pakistan religious school

A bombing at a religious seminary in the Pakistani city of Peshawar has killed at least seven people and wounded more than 80, according to police and hospital officials.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, near the border with Afghanistan, which has long been plagued by Islamist violence.

Peshawar's police chief said the bomb, said to have been in a plastic bag, contained up to 6 kg of explosives.

Though militant violence in the city, and in Pakistan in general, has fallen over recent years, there has been an increase in attacks on the security forces in the region around Peshawar.

Some of the past attacks have been claimed by the Pakistani Taliban.

However, the militant group released a statement saying they condemned Tuesday's blast and denied involvement.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter sent his condolences to family members of the victims and the injured.

Some of the wounded are said to be in a critical condition.

The hospital released a list showing more than a dozen of those wounded were from Afghanistan.

The madrassa is largely for adult students and many were studying when the blast happened, according to local residents.