Blast in funeral procession kills 36 in Peshawar; Taliban claim responsibility and delighted with Allah ho Akbar….
PESHAWAR: Now Talibans in Pakistan are delighted with the arrangements of many funeral at a time through the holy blast in funeral prayers. A teen aged male suicide bomber attacked a funeral procession in Adezai on Wednesday (9th March 2011) killing at least 36 people and injuring 100 others, Agency News reported.
The suicide bomber was targeting members of an anti-Taliban militia attending funeral prayers for the wife of a militiaman in Adezai village, near Peshawar that leads to the border tribal regions, DCO Peshawar, Siraj Ahmed, said.
The attacker mingled with the mourners before setting off his explosives, Ahmed said.
“People had gathered and had just started praying when a boy walked in and blew himself up,” survivor Mohammad Eman told Geo News.
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed the responsibility of attack.
Bloodied shoes and caps littered the ground where the attack took place, on the outskirts of the city, as stunned survivors milled around or bundled the wounded into trucks and away to hospital, television images showed.
The Pashtun elder whose relative was being buried on Wednesday is involved with a pro-government militia force. It was not immediately clear if he had been killed or wounded in the explosion.
Taliban claim responsibility
The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.
Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the insurgents targeted the militiamen because they were allied with the Pakistani government and, effectively, the United States.
”We will carry out more such attacks if they did not stop their activities,” he said via phone from an undisclosed location.
The attack came a day after militants set off a car-bomb at a natural gas filling stationin the central city of Faisalabad killing at least 25 people and wounding about 125.
Pakistani Taliban fighting to bring down the government claimed responsibility for that attack.
Pakistan has seen a wave of bombs in the past three years, many in the northwest near the border with Afghanistan, where the military is battling al Qaeda-linked Pakistani Taliban insurgents.
The army says that several military offensives have weakened the militants but bomb attacks are still common.
Courtesy : DawnNews | The News | Agencies | AP.
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