Five dead in suicidal terroist attack inside UN Islamabad office in Pakistan.

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ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber dressed in military uniform struck inside a heavily fortified UN office in the Pakistani capital Islamabad on Monday 5th Oct 2009, killing four Pakistanis and an Iraqi working for the food agency.

Police said they were investigating how the bomber managed to breach strict security measures and walk into the offices of the World Food Programme (WFP) and detonate about eight kilograms of explosives.

There was no claim of responsibility, but blame fell on the Taliban, whose new leader Hakimullah Mehsud appeared on local television on Monday vowing ‘severe’ new attacks to avenge the death of rebel chief Baitullah Mehsud.

His comments were apparently made on Sunday before the WFP office bombing, but he issued a chilling warning that ‘thousands of human lives’ could be sacrificed in their insurgency to install Islamic law in Pakistan.

The WFP in Rome confirmed that five of their employees were killed in the Islamabad blast, which Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik said was carried out by avenging Taliban extremists.

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‘It is a tragedy for WFP and for the whole humanitarian community in Pakistan,’ the WFP’s deputy director said. — Photo by AP

‘They (Taliban militants) have prepared a strategy and there is the possibility of more such incidents in the near future,’ he told reporters.

There were scenes of confusion around the WFP compound in central Islamabad, with sirens blaring and smoke billowing from behind the blast walls.

Injured survivors walked amid shattered glass and blood-slicked floors.

‘We were on the upper storey when the blast took place. It shook the building and shattered the windows,’ said one WFP employee at the scene.

‘We saw smoke coming out of the building, we rushed out.’

UN offices across Pakistan have been closed until further notice over security concerns, United Nations spokeswoman Susan Manuel told AFP.

Bani Amin, deputy inspector general of police operations, said the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber who entered the building on foot.

‘We have recovered legs and the skull of the suicide bomber. We are investigating how he managed to enter the building. There are scanners, there are cameras and strict security arrangements,’ Amin said.

Police and hospital officials said four Pakistanis were killed and one Iraqi, and the WFP headquarters in Rome confirmed the casualties.

‘All of the victims were humanitarian heroes working on the frontlines of hunger,’ said WFP executive director Josette Sheeran.

‘This is a tragedy not just for WFP but for the whole humanitarian community and for the hungry.’

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called the attack a ‘heinous crime’.

Interior minister Malik said that the bomber was dressed in the uniform of the paramilitary Frontier Corps — who guard the WFP offices — and asked to use the toilet before detonating his explosives.

Malik blamed the Taliban and said they were avenging an offensive against them which the military launched in April in northwest Swat valley, with the army now poised to begin a similar assault in the lawless tribal belt.

The Islamabad blast was the second tragedy for the UN community here this year, with an employee from refugee agency UNHCR and another from children’s agency UNICEF killed in a June suicide blast at a luxury hotel in the northwest city of Peshawar.-AFP

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik fears more Terrorist attacks of Talibans. Is Rehman  incapacited to give security to anybody ? Big Talks never can give the security.What are you doing with the aid of USA to dismantle the terrorists from the Country ?

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This handout picture released by the Press Information Department shows Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik (foreground, L) visiting the United Nations building after a suicide blast in Islamabad on October 5, 2009.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik condemned the suicide blast at the UN office in Islamabad on Monday, but in the same breath also claimed that the network of terrorists had been dismantled.

Talking to the media while inspecting the site of the blast, the interior minister said the terrorists were targeting like an injured snake and more such attacks could not be ruled out.

He said that terrorists by such acts wanted to destabilize and defame the country, but they would not succeed in their nefarious designs.

Responding to a question, Malik said the suicide bomber was wearing the uniform of an FC personnel and entered the building by duping the security guards on duty.

He said that the concerned authorities had been directed to see who allowed the suicide bomber to enter into the building and DIG Operation would take over footage of the CCTV.

Responding to a question, the interior minister said responsibility would be fixed and would be taken against the concerned persons.

The interior minister informed that four people, including one Iraqi national was killed, while six Pakistani people were injured.

He expressed sympathy with the dear ones of those who lost their lives in the blast.

The minister underlined that the blast was more condemnable as the World Food Programme of the UN rendered unprecedented services for the IDPs displaced due to Swat operation.

Rehman Malik said the UN had requested to be moved to the diplomatic enclave and letters were issued to all embassies to move to the enclave from the main areas of the capital.

He said that information gleaned out of terrorists arrested before Eid indicated that some militants were deputed to target specific areas, adding security was on high alert for the last two weeks and would be beefed up further.

He said that the main leadership of Taliban had been either killed or arrested and their remnants would be eliminated soon.

‘Terrorists wanted to convey a message to foreign dignitaries, but the nation is united and say no to Talibnization and extremism,’ he added.-Online

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