Archive for December, 2010

Teenage suicide bomber killed 18 on 1st day of Muharram to keep Islam peaceful.

December 8, 2010

Suicide bomber kills 18 through a bus door at a terminus near Kohat market in Pakistan

PESHAWAR|Wednesday|8th December 2010| Muharram 01, 1432|

Islamabad – A teenage suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a minibus in a busy market in north-western Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring around three dozen, police and health officials said.

The explosion took place at a bus stand next to Tirah Bazar market in Kohat district, some 70 kilometres south-west of Peshawar, the capital of the restive Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. This third attack in three days as the country stepped up security for the holy month of Muharram.

The bomber blew himself up in Kohat, home to at least half a million people and one of the main garrisons for the Pakistan military, in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

“It was a suicide blast. The death toll has risen to 17,” Kohat police chief Dilawar Bangash told AFP, adding that 25 others were wounded, seven of them seriously.

Police said the bomber blew himself up at the door of a bus carrying passengers to the nearby tribal district of Orakzai, where Pakistan has encouraged displaced civilians to return after an anti-Taliban offensive.

“We have found the head and legs of the suicide bomber,” said Bangash. The bus terminal is in Tirah bazaar, the main market in the town.

The attack coincided with the start of Muharram, which traditionally sees tensions rise between Pakistan’s majority Sunni Muslim and minority Shia Muslim community.

The bombing came on the first day of the Muslim month of Muharram, which is theologically highly significant for Shiites mainly because of the seventh-century death of the Prophet Mohammed’s grandson, Imam Hussain, on the 10th day of the month.

Bashir Bilour, the senior minister in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, said ‘We will try to maximize security during Muharram – but as far as suicide bombers are concerned they can reach any place and no one really can stop them.’

He said that the public supported the government, and ‘want us to get rid of the terrorists.’

Last year on the 10th day of Muharram, which fell on December 28, a bombing targeted a Shiite procession in Pakistan’s largest city of Karachi, killing more than 40 and injuring over 100 people.

Following the blast, riots erupted in the city and angry crowds set hundreds of shops and vehicles on fire.

Taliban have also targeted government officials and rival Sunni groups.

But police said the target was not immediately clear.

“It is true there were more Shias killed in the attack but there were a number of Sunnis also who died in the blast. So we cannot say who was the target,” said Bangash, adding the suicide bomber was aged 15 to 16.

Updates Kohat suicide blast’s death toll climbs to 19

Courtesy : Dawn|AP|SAMAA NEWS| DEUTCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR|Agencies.

Suicide bombers kill scores in Mohmand; over 60 injured in the PaK land of Peace

December 7, 2010

Twin suicide attacks kill 40 in Mohmand

* Bombers target jirga of Khoizai tribe at political agent’s office

* Dead include tribal elders, journalists and security personnel

* TTP Mohmand claims responsibility

PESHAWAR : 6th Dec. 2010 : Around 40 tribal elders, security personnel and journalists were killed on Monday in twin suicide bombings on a jirga being held outside the office of the assistant political agent of Ghalanai, the agency headquarters of Mohmand, to devise a strategy against terrorism in the tribal region, officials and local journalists said.

According to Mohmand Political Tehsildar Shamsul Islam, a jirga of a peace committee of Alizai and Safi tribes was in progress at the office of Roshan Khan Mehsud when two suicide bombers tried to enter into the premises, but blew themselves up when stopped by security personnel.

The attack on Khoizai tribe jirga in Ghalanai is one of the worst attacks on a jirga in the Tribal Areas since terrorism engulfed the long belt along the border with Afghanistan.

“A jirga of Khoizai tribe was attacked in Ghalanai leaving 40 dead and over 70 injured,” Mohmand Political Agent Amjad Ali Khan told reporters in Ghalanai. He said, “There were two suicide bombers who were disguised as tribal police.”

The injured had been rushed to Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital where emergency had been declared. The reason for such a massive impact was that the terrorists had used live bullets in the explosives instead of ball bearing. “These bullets killed everyone who was hit,” Khan added.

He confirmed that the dead included two journalists from two private TV channels – Abdul Wahab and Pervez Khan and two tribal elders, while the assistant political agent had been injured.

One of the wounded in the attack was 45-year-old Qalandar Khan, who came to the compound to visit an imprisoned cousin and was hit by the second explosion.

“There was a deafening sound and it caused a cloud of dust and smoke and a subsequent hue and cry,” said Khan, laying in a hospital bed in his blood-soaked clothes. “There were dozens on the ground like me, bleeding and crying. I saw body parts scattered in the compound.”

But Shamsul Islam dismissed suggestions that security had been too lax to stop the suicide bombers, who travelled by motorbike.

“Routine security arrangements were in place. It is difficult to stop suicide bombers, they can go anywhere,” he told a private TV channel.

“There was a meeting underway between the local administration chief and tribal elders, members of the peace committee when the blast took place,” local official Maqsood Amin said.

The purported chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Mohmand claimed responsibility for the attack.

“Our two suicide bombers targeted people who were working against the Taliban,” Umer Khalid told AFP by telephone from an unknown location.

“Those who will work against us and make lashkars (tribal army) or peace committees will be targeted. Our war is to enforce Sharia and anyone who hinders our way or sides with America will meet the same fate,” Khalid said.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain visited the Lady Reading Hospital to inquire after the injured people. Talking to reporters there, he said that his government would continue the fight against terrorism.

KP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti strongly condemned the blasts and termed them a cowardly act of terrorism. [staff reporter : daily times pak/agencies]

Courtesy : Daily Times | Dawn News |Reuters.

Wikileaks reveal the connections about Pak Terrorism

December 5, 2010

Two years before 26/11, US asked Pak to crack down on LeT, JuD

Posted: Sun Dec 05 2010, 15:13 hrs Islamabad || Indian Express . Com

Exactly two years before the 2008 Mumbai attacks, American officials pressured the Pakistan government to crack down on the Lashker-e-Taiba and its front Jamaat-ud-Dawah but were unable to make much headway, according to a secret US diplomatic cable.

A cable sent on November 27, 2006 by former US Ambassador to Pakistan Ryan C Crocker, one of the hundreds released by WikiLeaks, said the US embassy had raised the operations of the two groups with “contacts throughout the Government of Pakistan” after the LeT was designated a terrorist organisation under UN Security Council resolution 1267 the previous year.

Crocker took up the activities of LeT, Al Akhtar Trust and Al Rashid Trust — all designated underFollowing the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.1267 — with the then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan and the then National Security Advisor Tariq Aziz while other US officials engaged the Foreign Ministry’s UN Directorate and the Information Ministry.

“No (Government of Pakistan) official, however, has committed to taking direct action to close the operations of these entities,” Crocker wrote in the cable exactly two years before 10 terrorists launched by the LeT carried out attacks in India’s financial hub killing 166 people.

Following the Mumbai attacks, the UN Security Council designated the JuD a front for the LeT and imposed restrictions on its assets and efforts to gain access to weapons.

The Pakistan government launched a limited crackdown on the JuD and its leaders, including its chief Hafiz Muhammad Saeed.

Saeed and several others were placed under house arrest in late 2008 though they were all freed within six months.

During his meetings with Pakistani officials, Crocker presented “a press report on the declaration of the Ministry of Defence Parliamentary Secretary that he was proud to be a member of LeT and that he seeks to extend support to jihadi organisations when they seek his ‘cooperation'”, the cable said.

Then Foreign Secretary Riaz Khan asked Crocker whether the US had evidence linking JuD to terrorist activity and the envoy “replied affirmatively, noting that the (US Government) has shared such information with (Government of Pakistan) intelligence agencies”.

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