Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) At least six people, including a Khasadar Levy man, were killed and 56 others were injured in a suicide attack in Khyber Agency's Jamrud area on Tuesday.
The casualties were shifted to Peshawar's Hayatabad Medical Complex. Security sources say six of those injured were in critical condition.
Political Agent (PA) Shahab Ali Shah told DawnNews that the suicide bomber was aiming to enter his office but the plot was foiled because of the strict security measures in place at the complex. Therefore, the bomber could not enter the premises and blew himself up at the entrance gate, Shah said.
The PA said six people, including a Khasadar Levy man were killed in the blast, while 56 other people were injured. At least 16 Khasadar Levy personnel were among the injured.
Khyber Agency is one of Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous regions governed by tribal laws and lies near the Afghan border. The Taliban and other Al Qaeda-linked groups who stage attacks in both Pakistan and Afghanistan are also known to have strongholds in the zone.
Pakistan has been suffering from frequent bomb and suicide attacks blamed on extremist militant groups and the country's troops have for years been fighting homegrown armed groups in the tribal belt.
Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan spokesperson Muhammad Khurasani claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Peshawar (BNA) At least 11 people were killed when a deadly blast ripped through a security check post in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar. The check post is located near the Karkhano Market area.
Scores of security forces have been deployed in the area following the explosion. Local reports suggest the death toll is likely to increase. It is yet to be ascertained whether it was a suicide blast or an explosion carried out by a remote-controlled device.
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Six of the dead were security personnel. Pakistan's Geo News said a child was among the dead. About five of the 16 injured people are thought to be in critical condition.
Gunfire was reported shortly after the explosion, though it has yet to be confirmed. A Jamrud khasadar line officer, Nawab Shah's car was the target of the attack, a security official told the Express Tribune. The bombing took place in the semi-autonomous tribal belt area which is located on the border with Afghanistan. The border region is known to be a safe haven for Islamist militants.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
QUETTA (BNA) At least 14 people were killed and over 10 injured in an explosion near a polio centre in Quetta's Satellite Town on Wednesday, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti said. The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed the attack on Facebook and in an email sent to journalists.
"The blast was apparently carried out by a suicide bomber," Bugti said, speaking to media after the blast.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official, he said.
Thirteen of the dead are policemen while one of them is an FC official.
"We will not bow down before terrorists," said Bugti, adding that the blast was an effort to disrupt peace in Balochistan.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Quetta Syed Imtiaz Shah said seven to eight kilogramme of explosives were used in the blast. He said most of the victims were policemen who laid down their lives to guard polio workers.
An intelligence officer who declined to be named confirmed to DawnNews that it was a suicide attack.
"Body pieces of the suicide bomber have been collected by security agencies to initiate a probe into the incident," said the official.
The casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta, where an emergency has been imposed.
Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti speaks to media after the blast.
Dr. Rasheed Jamali, a senior doctor told DawnNews that at least five critically injured victims were shifted to Combined Military Hospital Quetta for treatment.
Eyewitnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast rocked the area. The glass windows of nearby buildings shattered due to intensity of the blast.
Police and rescue workers reached the site soon after the blast, while security forces have cordoned off the area. The nature of the blast is unknown as yet.
Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Zehri while strongly condemning the blast directed police to submit a report about the incident promptly.
"We cannot tolerate the terrorism," he said in a statement issued to press soon after the explosion.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the blast in Quetta.
In his statement, the premier said government is committed to stamp out extremism from the country and operation will continue till elimination of all terrorism, reported Radio Pakistan.
Saturday January 2, 2016
NEW DELHI (BNA) A group of four to five gunmen attacked an Indian air force base near the border with Pakistan early Saturday (Jan 1), a top police official said, with fighting ongoing.
"The base came under attack from four to five terrorists at around 3:30 am. The gunfire is still going on," Kunwar Vijay Partap Singh, director general of police in Pathankot district in Punjab state told AFP.
"Two of the attackers are believed to be dead in the gunfight while the rest are holding out inside one of the buildings in the base," he said.
He added that there had been no damage to fighter planes at the base and that security forces were still trying to identify the attackers.