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.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least four Pak suspected militants were killed in military air strikes in the Rajgal areas of Khyber Agency's Tirah Valley close to the Pak-Afghan border on Tueday.
“Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets struck hideouts of the militants in Tirah valley,” said a security source.
Six other militants were injured in the air strikes, the source added.
Khyber Agency and North Waziristan are among Pakistan’s seven semi-autonomous tribal districts near the Afghan border, rife with homegrown insurgents and foreign militants.
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The tribal area is off limits to journalists, making it difficult to verify the identity and the number of dead.
These areas have also been considered home to religious extremist organisations including Al Qaeda and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
Military operations Zarb-i-Azb and the National Action Plan were launched against insurgents following attacks on Karachi's Jinnah International Airport and Peshawar's Army Public School in 2014.
Officials say nearly 3,400 militants have been killed since the launch of the latest offensive.
The number of attacks in Pakistan has fallen around 70 per cent this year, due to a combination of a military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
KARACHI (BNA) Pak Police and Rangers killed 696 suspects in different encounters in the metropolis during 2015 and the collective number of their personnel who fell in the line of duty during the same period is 95.
According to the data released by the Karachi police on Monday, a total of 1,577 encounters took place during 2015 and 544 suspected militants, gangsters, criminals, etc were killed.
The number of policemen who lost their lives in armed attacks so far is 83, while 89 were wounded in the outgoing year.
In their annual performance report, the Rangers said that in 69 ‘encounters’ a total of 152 “hardened criminals and terrorists” were killed during 2015. A spokesman for the paramilitary force said that 12 Rangers personnel lost their lives in armed attacks and 20 were wounded in different actions during the outgoing year.
The killings in encounters are marred by allegations of human rights abuses by the rights groups, which also consider such incidents ‘extrajudicial killings’.
However, the figures of the suspects killed in encounters and of the law-enforcers targeted in 2015 are notably less than the numbers of 2014.
In 2014, a total of 925 suspects were killed in such shootouts and 160 personnel of police and Rangers — 143 policemen and 17 Rangers — had fallen victim to targeted killing.
In the previous year, 701 suspects were killed in ‘encounters’ with police and 224 were gunned down in shootouts with the paramilitary Rangers.