LAKKI MARWAT: The 88 victims of Lakki Marwat suicide blast have laid rest as the toll reached to 95.
The blast-affected people are waiting for the government assistance under open sky in extreme cold since last night, Geo News reported Saturday.
The huge blast was Pakistan’s deadliest in more than two months, triggering the collapse of more than 20 houses, some with families inside, in a village bordering a Taliban stronghold, officials said.
The bomber detonated his explosives-packed vehicle as fans gathered at a volleyball court to watch two local sides face off in the village of Shah Hasan Khan, in Bannu district, bordering Taliban stronghold South Waziristan.
The work regarding removal of the debris is in progress today on the second day of the blast, as three more bodies have been recovered from under the rubble raising the blast tally to 95.
The blast-affected people said the government has not provided them any aid thus far and they had to spend the night under open sky. The local people are seeing about the arrangements for foods under self-help.
DPO Lakki Marwat Ayub Khan said the deceased in the blast include two police, six FC personnel, six women and children. Also four boys of the same family died in the blast.
According to eyewitnesses, at least 400 people were present there during the match.
A three-member committee has been instituted for the probe into the suicide blast. Also, an FIR has been registered in Lakki Marwat police station in Hasan Khel against unidentified saboteurs under Explosive Act, Clause-302 and other clauses.
Police said the bomber drove a truck packed with explosives onto the sports field in Laki Marwat, The Times of London reported. The confirmed death toll climbed rapidly during the day with the Sources putting it at 95. Most of the victims were children as young as 12, the newspaper said.
Anwer Khan, 18, told The Times he saw a black pick-up truck head toward the spectators. “A giant flame leaped toward the sky,” Khan said. “There was bright light everywhere, just like a flash, and then a very huge blast shook everything. Two pellets hit my forehead and blood started flowing.”