Islamist Terrorists attacked again in Pakistan||Suicide Blast in Hangu, 23 Killed

Mon, 20 Apr, 2009 | Rabi-us-Sani 23, 1430

Bomber eliminates 23 troops in Hangu attack

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By Abdus Sami Paracha|| The Dawn Media Group
Saturday, 18 Apr, 2009 | 10:16 PM PST | 10:54 PM PST |KOHAT

The country’s security apparatus suffered a devastating blow on Saturday when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a military checkpost in Hangu, eliminating 23 soldiers.
Seven policemen, 10 security personnel and nine civilians were injured in the blast.
‘A suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into our check-post close to a police station in Doaba,’ a security official said. ‘We suffered the most casualties.’
Some officials said the bomber had rammed his vehicle into a Thall-bound military convoy in Doaba, on Hangu-Parachinar highway.
They said 11 vehicles, which were part of the convoy, had been destroyed in the attack, which happened not far from the army camp. The military, however, denied its convoy had been hit.
Eyewitnesses said security forces cordoned off the area and blocked the Kohat-Parachinar highway at Doaba and nobody was allowed to go near the scene of the explosion.
The army called its own bomb disposal squad from Thall Garrison. The check-post was located on the Hangu-Parachinar road, which remained closed for more than a year when militants blocked the artery to stop food and fuel supplies from reaching Parachinar, the Kurram Agency’s headquarters.
In another incident earlier on Saturday morning, one person was killed and three were injured in a blast in Malikabad area of Hangu bazaar.
The SHO of Doaba police station, Ammal Khan, and constable Asal Murad, who were sitting in a mobile van close to the army camp, were injured.
Police said the bomber had used 100kg of explosives. They blamed the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan for the strike, but the banned militant outfit did not claim responsibility for the bombing.
The dead and the seriously injured were taken to the civil hospital in Hangu and the Combined Military Hospital in Thall, a police spokesman for the Kohat region said.
Preliminary reports suggested that the suicide bomber had come to the area on Friday and took up residence in Hangu. ‘It was in the knowledge of the terrorists that a convoy would pass through the camp on Saturday afternoon,’ a local said.
Hangu has seen bloodletting bred by sectarianism over the past two years. A total of 48 people had died in sectarian clashes during Muharram last year.
The military had carried out a major clean-up operation in Doaba in August last year to flush out militants who had infiltrated from nearby Kurram and Orakzai regions.
Helicopter gunships have been attacking suspected militant hideouts in Orakzai during the last couple of weeks. ‘Most of the casualties are security forces and some policemen have also been killed,’ a security official said.
‘The bomber was driving a pick-up truck which he rammed into a convoy passing by a security checkpost,’ senior police officer Fareed Khan said in Kohat.
President Asif Ali Zardari, who is in China attending an international economic conference, ‘condemned the attack and vowed to root out terrorism and extremism from the country’, the presidency said in a statement.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani ‘strongly condemned’ the incident, describing the suicide attack as ‘a cowardly act of terrorism’, his office said in a statement.

alertpak adds: Actually , the Police Check Post in Doaba, Hangu has been made into ruins and the contingent forces posted there were not prepared anyway to combat such Talibani disasters. No body from Talibani Forces or other Mujaheedin outfits did not claim this great credit so far. But the expert sources confirm that all these Talibani attacks , severe blasts or suicidal attacks are occurred out of design of Baitullah Mehsud , “ Blast once in Two Weeks” or Blast Twice in a Week” as far as practical. The disturbed zone of Hangu Districts is encompassed by some tribal areas like – North Wazirstan Orakzai, Kurram etc. On 15th April, 09 another blast tolled 16 lives including 10 police personnel in Harichand locality in Charas Adda. The Talibanis were successful to destroy an office of a NGO and a Cable TV Office through a big blast in NWFP on 16th April, 2009. So Baitullah is not only a man of words , He is also a man of deeds.

Some Details of Blast on 15th April ,2009
Islamabad, April 15,2009

At least 16 people, including 10 policemen, were killed and several more injured Wednesday in a suicide bombing in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province, officials said.
The bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a police checkpoint in the Tangi area of the province’s Charsadda district, said Mohammad Yar, the district’s police officer.
“Nine policemen, including two officers, and six civilians died on the spot, while one officer succumbed to his injuries at the hospital” Yar told DPA.
He feared that death toll might increase as some of the around one dozen injured are in critical condition.
“I see here six civilian vehicles, all of them destroyed,” local journalist Sabaz Ali Tareen told DPA over telephone from the scene.
“It’s hard to believe that anyone on board these vehicles would have survived,” he added.
“The road is littered with human blood and flesh and I can still smell gunpowder,” Tareen said.
Last updated on Apr 15th, 2009 at 22:25 pm IST–DPA

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