Four die in suicide attack on Peshawar Mall :: Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

Soldiers stand guard at a suicide blast site in Peshawar near a Shopping Mall on December 24, 2009. –  Pic. by AFP

Suicide bombers in Pak prefer shopping Malls. Before going to Behast, they find good perfume there !!

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the heavily-guarded cantonment area of the city on Thursday(24-12-2009), killing at least four people and causing injuries to 24 others.

The bomber was on foot and he ran away when security personnel manning a checkpost asked him to stop.

He detonated the explosives strapped to his body near a missionary school, opposite the offices of the Pakistan International Airlines, on the Mall Road.

Windows of some offices in the nearby State Life building were smashed. The school was closed for Christmas and winter vacations. Police were not sure about the bomber’s real target.

The injured were taken to the Lady Reading Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital. An official of the LRH said five of the injured were in serious condition.

According to police, constable Gul Nawaz from Ormar village near Peshawar and three civilians were killed.

According to bomb disposal personnel, the explosives used by the bomber weighed eight to 10kgs. They said the legs of the bomber had been found.

SSP (Investigation) Ghulam Hussain told Dawn that the bomber had also tied explosives to his legs and appeared to have carried three triggers. He said ball bearings were also found at the site.

“The explosives show that the bombers who have blown themselves up in the city so far belonged to the same militant group,” he said.

People who had gathered at the place said police had fired in the air after the blast. Heavy contingents of police and other security personnel cordoned off the area and stopped traffic on the Arbab Road and Mall Road for some time. All shopping centres and banks in the area and the PIA offices were closed.

Superintendent of Police for Coordination Alam Shinwari said: “Intelligence agencies have told us that there could be more bombings and the number of intending bombers is high.”

The cantonment area, commonly known as Saddar, attracts shoppers from all over the city and is always congested and busy.

This was the second bombing in Peshawar in three days. A suicide bomber had hit the Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, killing three people, including police constable Riazuddin.

“The threat is now coming from three different regions. It is virtually coming from all directions. These people have dispersed and have formed small cells to attack civilians and law-enforcement personnel,” a security official said.

NWFP Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Husain said frequent bomb blasts had forced people to stay indoors and badly affected the business.

He told journalists that bombers were coming from the Khyber and Kurram agencies and Darra Adamkhel. More from The International News …read here.

Suicide attack on Imambargah in Rawalpindi

Policemen gather around the dead body of the suicide attacker at the blast site in Rawalpindi. — Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to an imambargah here on Thursday(24-12-2009) night, leaving a little girl dead and two other people injured, including a policeman.

Private security guard Masood Hussain Shah and head constable Ittefaq averted a major disaster when they forcibly stopped the teenaged bomber from entering the Qasr-i-Sakina Imambargah in Shakrial along the Islamabad Expressway. Almost 500 people, including women and children, were present at the imambargah.

The security guard remained unhurt, but the policeman was injured. Six-year-old Urooj was hit by shrapnel and died, while her father was injured. The explosion took place a few minutes before a procession was due to reach the place.

A police official said the attacker appeared to be 17 years old.

Courtesy : Dawn & AFP.

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