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Death toll climbs to 95 in Lakki Marwat blast in volleyball ground in Pakistan.

January 2, 2010

Pakistan volleyball bombing kills 95 including many minors.

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.

The injured were rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital; some injured were taken to Bannu District Hospital and Peshawar.

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.”

Friday suicide attacks kills 47 in Pakistan on New Year day. Great Talibani style to start with a new year. At Least 10 minors were killed in the blasts.

January 1, 2010

Agencies || Friday, January 01, 2010, Muharram 14, 1431 A.H at 1949 hrs || Source:Indian Express, Times Now & Others.

In a bloody start to the new year, Pakistan on Friday witnessed a major terror attack when a suicide bomber rammed his explosives-laden vehicle into the wall of a playground in the country’s northwest killing 27 people and injuring several others. At least 9 minors were killed in this incident as believed.

In a separate attack, a tribal elder associated with an anti-Taliban militia and five others were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was targeted with a roadside bomb in the restive Bajaur region.

Tribal elder Malik Gul Shah Ali Khan and five others, including a minor boy, died when the vehicle was targeted with a remote controlled bomb in Salarzai sub-division of Bajaur Agency this morning, officials of the local administration said.

The suicide attack occurred at Shah Hasankhel village, located 25 km from Lakki Marwat in the southern part of the North West Frontier Province.

About 50 people were watching a volleyball game between two local teams when the bomber struck the playground’s wall with his vehicle.

State-run PTV reported that 27 people were killed while police officials said several others were injured.

Several houses collapsed due to the powerful explosion and some people were buried in the rubble.

Officials said the death toll could rise.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack but police officials said they suspected the Taliban were behind the assault as local residents had cooperated with security forces during a recent operation against militants.

District police chief Ayub Khan said residents of Shah Hasankhel and members of a pro-government militia had expelled militants from the area with the help of security forces.

The village was earlier considered a stronghold of the Taliban.

Today’s attack was the latest in a series of devastating suicide bombings across Pakistan that has killed over 500 people since October last year.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the attack and said such terrorist acts would not weaken his government’s resolve to fight terrorism till it is completely eliminated.

In Hangu district of the North West Frontier Province, two militants were killed while planting a bomb, police said.

The militants were planting the bomb beside a road when it went off with a loud bang. Both men were killed instantly. Police took their bodies into custody.

Meanwhile, at least eight militants were killed in US drone attacks in the troubled North Waziristan tribal region, a Taliban stronghold.

A missile fired by a drone struck a vehicle near Navana village in Mirali sub-division this morning, killing three militants.

Five militants were killed last night when a drone fired two missiles at a compound at Machikhel village in Mirali.

It is reported that at least ten minors are killed in the first Friday Islamic attacks in Pakistan in the very start of  the year 2010.