Sectarian terrorists belonging to Taliban/Sipah-e-Sahaba kill at least 36 Shia Muslims in D.G. Khan.
(Picture by BBC Urdu dot com)
24 killed, over 30 injured in DG Khan blast (The News)
Updated at: 2105 PST, Thursday, February 05, 2009
DG KHAN: Death toll has climbed to 24 while over 30 others were wounded in a bomb explosion that ripped through a mourners procession in Muslim Town here, IG Punjab confirmed Thursday.
Talking to Geo News, IG Punjab Shaukat Javed said the explosion left no crater on the ground indicating the blast could be a suicide attack.
The blast ripped through a mourners’ procession in Muslim Town outside Johar Ali Imam Bargah.
Rescue teams arrived at the scene immediate after the explosion and shifted the dead and injured to the district headquarter hospital where many are said to be in critical condition.
The explosion, which shattered the windowpanes of the nearby buildings, enraged the participants of the procession and they chanting slogans against the government. (The News).
|Deadly blast at Pakistan mosque(Al Jazeera Report)
|Thousands have been killed in sectarian violence in Pakistan since the 1980s [EPA]
Up to 20 people have been killed and dozens injured in a bomb blast near a Shia mosque in Pakistan’s central Punjab province.
The explosion occurred on Thursday as worshippers gathered for an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Dera Ghazi Khan.
Al Jazeera’s Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said a bomb exploded and hit a procession heading towards the mosque.
“At least 15 people have been confirmed dead,” he said.
The blast also injured dozens of others, many of whom were taken to hospitals in other cities since adequate facilities are not available in Dera Ghazi Khan.
Shaukat Javed, a police commander, said: “It seems to be a suicide attack because there is no crater on the ground. Usually if a bomb is planted it would create a crater.”
The powerful blast caused serious damage to the mosque and another nearby Shia holy site.
Shia muslims are observing the last week of a 40-day mourning period to commemorate the death of Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. Hussein was killed in 680 AD.
About 20 per cent of Pakistan’s 160-million-population are Shia Muslims.
Although Shia and Sunnis generally co-exist peacefully in the country, more than 4,000 people have died in sectarian violence since the late 1980s.
Two days ago, an explosion ripped through a Sunni mosque in the northwest town of Dera Ismail Khan, killing one person and wounding 18 others.
Pakistan sectarian strife kills 25 (Press TV)
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 16:34:40 GMT
Pakistani policemen inspecting a blast site
At least 25 Shia Muslims have been killed and 50 others injured after a bomb exploded near a mosque in Pakistan, police and medics say.
The blast took place on Thursday evening in town of Dera Ghazi Khan in the central Punjab province, a Press TV correspondent reported.
The mourners were holding rituals to mark the 40th day of Imam Hussein’s (PBUH) martyrdom.
Witnesses said they saw bodies and scores of others injured lying on the ground shortly after the blast.
“It was a planted bomb which was fixed on the route where the mourners were passing through,” a senor police official said.
“At least 25 five people have killed so far in the religious procession blast,” said Dr. Pervez Haider, the head of the local hospital.
The death toll may rise further as some of the 50 people inured are in critical condition.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and the Premier Yousaf Reza Gilani have condemned the blast.
Shias make up more than a quarter of Pakistan’s 160 million-strong population. Since the 1980s, thousands people have been killed in sectarian violence in Pakistan by feuding extremist groups.