Suicide attack leaves 12 dead in Peshawar outskirt checkpoint

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Policemen examine the site of a suicide car bomb blast on the outskirts of Peshawar.—AFP

Suicide attack leaves 12 dead in Peshawar

By Ali Hazrat Bacha || Sunday, 15 Nov, 2009

peshawar-blast-afp-316PESHAWAR: At least 12 people were killed and 30 others injured, five of them seriously, when a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-filled car near a police checkpoint here on Saturday.

The dead included policeman Fazlur Rehman who, according to eyewitnesses, approached the suspected vehicle for a search at the checkpoint in the Pishtakhara intersection, a point where two important arteries — Ring Road and Bara Road — meet.

(According to AFP, Malik Jehangir, in charge of the checkpoint, said policemen were inspecting vehicles when he saw a suspicious car across the barrier and asked one of the policemen to go and check it. ‘I saw that there was some argument between the driver and the policeman and suddenly a blast downed me with shrapnel piercing my shoulder,’ he added.)

Three women and three children were among the dead. The bodies and the injured were taken to Khyber Teaching Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and Lady Reading Hospital.

Some of the dead were identified as Adnan Hafeez, Kashif, Ameerullah, Zarshana, Nazia, Muskan and Askar.

A number of nearby shops, a CNG station, a van of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society and several vehicles were destroyed.

The checkpoint was located on a road connecting Bara Tehsil of Khyber Agency with the city.

Nisar Khan Marwat, a superintendent of police who heads the Cantonment circle, told Dawn that the suicide bomber, on a white car, wanted to cross a security barrier, but when the policeman signalled him to stop, he detonated the explosives.

He said the bomber was carrying explosives weighing between 50 and 60 kilograms, laced with ball bearings.

‘The policeman sacrificed his life but did not let the bomber enter the Peshawar Cantonment to target sensitive installations,’ he added.

Constable Mohammad Iqbal said he and another policeman were deputed at the first picket where a scanner was installed on the branch road, a turning from the Ring Road to the Bara Road.

‘The bomber did not use the branch road and came from the other side of a traffic-island situated at the junction of the two busy roads.’

An official of the bomb disposal squad said that MB-12 missiles had been mixed with explosives for lethality.

Splinters of the missiles and the engine of the car were found at the scene.

Ilyas, who sustained minor injuries, said he was in his car waiting for search at the checkpoint when a deafening bang shattered his nerves.

‘I was busy with my chores when I heard a big explosion,’ said Janas Khan, who works at a CNG pump near the checkpoint. He said suddenly a thick pall of smoke enveloped the vicinity and moans of injured people pierced the scene.

Security personnel cordoned off the area, suspending traffic on Bara Road.

Just 15 minutes before the suicide attack, SSP Mohammad Alam Shinwari told Dawn that intelligence reports had alerted police that a car and a truck carrying suicide bombers would try to enter the city.

‘Security has been upgraded and police are to expedite patrols.’

The SSP said the provincial government had approved setting up of 16 police posts on roads connecting Peshawar with tribal agencies.

Sailab Mehsud adds from Laddah: Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed that it carried out Friday’s suicide attacks on the Inter-Services Intelligence office in Peshawar and a police station in Bannu.

Spokesman Qari Hussain told Dawn from an unspecified location on Saturday that the Taliban owned responsibility for the attacks.

He asked the government to stop the military operation in South Waziristan or face consequences.

Fourteen security personnel and four others lost their lives in the two attacks. Over 120 people were injured.

The TTP spokesman warned that more attacks would be carried out in big cities if the army continued the operation in the tribal region.

‘Our Fidayeen (suicide bombers) are ready for attacks in Peshawar, Islamabad and Lahore.’

Qari Hussain accused the government of launching the offensive in Waziristan at the behest of America.

 

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Peshawar: Pashta Khara suicide attack FIR lodged

Updated at: 0950 PST, Sunday, November 15, 2009

PESHAWAR: Peshawar police have lodged Pashta Khara suicide car bomb blast First Information Report (FIR) against Amir Lashker-e-Islam – an outlawed outfit of Khyber Agency – Mangal Bagh and his other accomplices.

Police sources said Mangal Bagh, Wahid Saifor, Syed Noor, Taiyab, Satana Gul and Fazal Ahmed have been nominated in the FIR.

Sections 302, 324, 353, 427, 780-A, ¾ Explosive and 109 have been charged in the FIR.

Twelve people were killed and 27 others sustained injuries in Pashta Khara suicide blast previous day.

 

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