Taliban suicide attack kills at least 14 Shias travelling to Parachinar in NW Pakistan


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A suicide bomber on foot, Friday 5 March 2010, killed at least 10 people in Pakistan’s northwest and injured another 15, a senior regional official said. (Update: Death toll now reaches 14)

The bomber exploded his bomb near a convoy of passenger buses in Hangu district, destroying three vehicles, Commissioner Khalid Khan said. Earlier, Khan said the bomber attacked a convoy of security personnel at Thall, a city in Hangu district of North West Frontier Province. The injured people were shifted to military and civilian hospitals in the region.

Source: Xinhua

The convoy that was targeted by the bomber was going to Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal region, which has been rocked by sectarian violence for more than two years. Three vehicles in the convoy were destroyed by the blast.

Source: PTI

Several of Pakistan’s Deobandi and Wahhabi extremist groups also are allied with the Taliban and al Qaida, who view Shiites as infidels. (Source: UKPA)

The Tall-Parachinar road was closed to all traffic for nearly two years in 2008 and 2009 because of Taliban activity in the area and the frequency of attacks on Shia Muslims from Shia-dominated Parachinar, correspondents say. Traffic on the road currently moves in convoys guarded by paramilitary security forces.

Source: BBC

پولیس آفسر اسلام الدین نے بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ جمعہ کو ہنگو کی تحصیل ٹل میں اس وقت عام شہریوں کے ایک قافلے میں شامل ایک مسافر گاڑی کے قریب خودکش حملہ آور نے خود کواُڑادیا جب ان کو سکیورٹی فورسز کے نگرانی ٹل سے کُرم ایجنسی کے علاقے پاڑہ چنار لے جارہے تھے۔انہوں کہا کہ حملے میں دو خواتین سمیت پانچ افراد ہلاک جبکہ پچیس افراد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔جن کو سول ہسپتال ٹل منتقل کیا گیا ہے۔

انہوں نے بتایا کہ قافلہ میں شامل عام شہریوں کا تعلق شیعہ مسلک سے ہے جن پر حملے کی خوف سے انھیں سکیورٹی فورسز کی نگرانی میں ٹل سے پاڑہ چنارہ لے جایا جا رہا تھا۔ان کا کہنا تھا کہ قافلے میں ایک سو چالیس گاڑیاں تھی جن میں مُسافروں کے علاوہ خورد نوش اور دوسرا سامان لدھا ہوا تھا۔اہلکار کے مطابق دھماکے میں تین گاڑیوں کو نقصان پہنچا ہے۔

اہلکار کا کہنا تھا کہ واقعہ کے بعد قافلہ رُک گیا۔ سکیورٹی فورسز نے مذید حملوں سے بچنے کے لیے تمام راستوں کو بند کیا ہے اور کسی کو متاثرہ علاقے میں داخل ہونے کی اجازت نہیں ہے۔

یادرہے کہ قبائلی علاقے کُرم ایجنسی کے صدر مقام پاڑہ چنار میں آباد شیعہ مسلک کے لوگوں پر گّزشتہ کئی سالوں سے سُنی مسلک کے علاقے میں جانے والے راستے بند ہیں اور شیعہ مسلک کے لوگ پاڑہ چنارہ سے پہلے افغانستان اور بعد میں تورخم کے راستے پاکستان میں داخل ہوتے ہیں۔اب حکومت نے ضرورت کے سامان کو سکیورٹی فورسز کے نگرانی میں پاڑہ چنار پہنچانے کا فیصلہ کیا تھا۔

Source: BBC


14 responses to “Taliban suicide attack kills at least 14 Shias travelling to Parachinar in NW Pakistan”

  1. Death toll now reaches 14; majority of them women and school going children:

    Hangu: suicide bomber kills 14, hurt 25
    Updated at: 1253 PST, Friday, March 05, 2010

    HANGU: A suicide bomber blew up himself targeting a convoy of pilgrims’ vehicles near Thal in front of a petrol pump on Friday, killing 14 persons including four women and four children and injuring 25 others.

    “The suicide attacker on foot detonated himself near a convoy of the public transport vehicles on Thal-Hangu Road near Samad petrol station,” Commissioner Kohat Division Khalid Khan Umerzai said. He confirmed that it was a suicide blast saying an emergency had been declared in all the hospitals of Hangu and Kohat division.

    The injured had been taken to CMH. Some of the injured were shifted to Thal hospital. The security forces sealed the entire area and started relief activities.

    The convoy of vehicles, bound for Parachinar, was escorted by the officials of law enforcement agency. Two vehicles including a passenger coach were completely destroyed.

    http://www.geo.tv/3-5-2010/60454.htm

    صوبہ سرحد کے ضلع ہنگو میں سکیورٹی فورسز کی نگرانی میں کُرم جانے والے ایک قافلے پر خودکش حملہ ہوا ہے جس میں چارخواتین سمیت بارہ افراد ہلاک جبکہ پچیس افراد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔

    پولیس آفسر اسلام الدین نے بی بی سی کو بتایا کہ جمعہ کو ہنگو کی تحصیل ٹل میں اس وقت عام شہریوں کے ایک قافلے میں شامل ایک مسافر گاڑی کے قریب خودکش حملہ آور نے خود کواُڑادیا جب ان کو سکیورٹی فورسز کے نگرانی ٹل سے کُرم ایجنسی کے علاقے پاڑہ چنار لے جارہے تھے۔انہوں کہا کہ حملے میں چار خواتین سمیت بارہ افراد ہلاک جبکہ تیس افراد زخمی ہوگئے ہیں۔جن کو سول ہسپتال ٹل منتقل کیا گیا ہے۔

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2010/03/100305_hangu_explosion.shtml

  2. * Bomber blew himself up when FC-guarded Shia convoy slowed down near petrol pump

    HANGU/PESHAWAR: Twelve people, including four women, were killed and 33 others injured when a suicide bomber targeted a Parachinar-bound civilian convoy carrying Shia
    passengers in Tull area
    of Hangu on Friday,
    hospital officials and local sources said.

    Tull bazaar closed down following the blast and a curfew was imposed in the area. Local administration officials said the suicide bomber blew himself up when the civilian convoy – on its way to Parachinar and escorted by the Frontier Corps – slowed down at a speed breaker near a petrol station, some two kilometres from Tull city.

    Hangu District Police Officer Abdul Rashid said it was a suicide attack, which killed 10 people, including four women. Kohat Division Commissioner Khalid Umarzai put the death toll at eight.

    Thirteen of the injured people are said to be students of a local private school. Eyewitnesses told Daily Times that the suicide bomber was on foot and was waiting near the petrol station. They said he detonated the explosives strapped to his body when the convoy passed by.

    However, AFP reported that the suicide bomber rammed a car full of explosives into the convoy.

    “The target was a Shia convoy. This is sectarian violence,” Umarzai said.

    “The dead include seven Shias who were travelling in the convoy,” Rashid said. saboor khan/agencies

    http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\06\story_6-3-2010_pg1_5

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