The Inferno… Call it Pakistan.

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Terror attack in Shangla : 41 dead, 60 injured NW Pakistan by human bomb.

By Khalid Khan
Monday, 12 Oct, 2009/ Dwan Pakistan.

ALPURI: At least 41 people, four soldiers and three policemen among them, were killed and 60 others injured when a teenage suicide bomber struck a military vehicle at 11am in a crowded market in Alpuri on Monday.

It is the latest in a string of attacks amid warnings of an imminent offensive against insurgents in South Waziristan. 

Security officials said that soldiers were patrolling in two pickup trucks in the main bazaar when the bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body, damaging the two vehicles. 

They said that 34 civilians, four army soldiers and three policemen were killed in the explosion, while 60 others, including 10 army personnel, were injured. Three of the bodies were badly charred and beyond recognition.

NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain told media in Peshawar that 41 people had been killed in the attack.blastpak1_ap608

‘Such attacks cannot deter us from the offensive against the terrorists,’ Hussain said. ’We will continue our fight till the death of the last terrorist.’

Security officials said that a teenager hit the army vehicle in the busy market causing a loud explosion.
 
The scene of the blast was littered with bodies and severed limbs and moans and shrieks of the injured pierced the air.

The blast knocked out communication links of Alpuri with other parts of the province. Hospital sources said the death toll could go up because some of the injured were in critical condition.
 
Authorities imposed a curfew on Alpuri and other parts of Shangla district soon after the explosion.
 
Several shops were also damaged in the town. Local people and police started rescue operations and took the injured to the district headquarters hospital.

The sources said that the bomber targeted the military convoy as it passed a check post in the main square of Alpuri town around 11am.

Shangla is a neighbouring district of Swat, where security forces are conducting a military operation against insurgents.

Agencies add: A spokesman for the Swat Media Centre said that six soldiers lost their lives when the young suicide bomber struck a paramilitary convoy passing through a security checkpost in a crowded bazaar in Alpuri town.

‘When he blew himself up, some of the trucks carrying ammunition were also hit and the ammunition exploded, causing more human loss,’ the spokesman said.

The army says it is now ready for a full-scale offensive in South Waziristan.  Muslim extremist groups appear far from quashed, with an audacious raid on army headquarters over the weekend which left many people dead.

At least 116 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in a series of devastating blasts and attacks in Pakistan in the last four days.

The TTP movement, holed up in the lawless northwestern tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, claimed responsibility for the day-long army headquarters hostage drama near Islamabad.

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