Suicide blast kills 16 in Shabqadar as Taliban avenge Qadri's execution

Published: March 7, 2016
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PESHAWAR / ISLAMABAD: At least 16 people, including three police personnel were killed in a suicide attack in Shabqadar Bazaar of Charsadda district in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Monday.

A suicide bomber was attempting to enter a district court as a security personnel, identified as Shabbir, intercepted him outside the court’s premises, which prompted him to blow himself up, Charsadda DPO Sohail Khalid told The Express Tribune.

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A spokesperson for the Lady Reading Hospital confirmed 16 people were killed and 25 others injured.

Official death tallies showed there were at least six women among the dead.

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Saeed Wazir, another police official confirmed it was a suicide attack.

Witnesses described a huge explosion at the scene.

“We were sitting with a lawyer when a huge explosion took place in the sessions court,” said Gohar Khan, a local police official who was at the scene.

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Security officials and rescue teams were dispatched to the scene while a search operation was underway in the area.

Television footage showed widespread damage and the charred remains of at least two vehicles at the scene.

Shabqadar, located about 150 kilometres northwest of Islamabad, is adjacent to the Mohmand tribal area, which has seen several attacks in recent days.

Meanwhile, the COAS while expressing condolences to the bereaved families of the blast paid rich tributes to the sacrifice and bravery of police Havaldar Naseem who laid his life in the line of duty, said the ISPR.

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IED blast in Mohmand Agency kills two US mission employees

On March 1, a remote-controlled roadside bomb targeted a convoy of vehicles travelling in Mohmand, killing two Pakistani employees of the United States Consulate in nearby Peshawar.

About two weeks earlier, on Feb 18, Taliban gunmen killed nine paramilitary personnel in two separate attacks on check posts in Mohmand. Both earlier attacks were claimed by the Jamaat-ur-Ahrar faction of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), a proscribed militant group.

TTP claims responsibility

Hours after the attack, TTP splinter group Jammatul Ahrar claimed responsibility, saying it is revenge for Mumtaz Qadri’s execution.

“We are responsible for the attack on the district court in Shabqadar,” said spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan in a statement.

“We have not killed civilians. The court and judges were our target as their practices are un-Islamic.”

TTP claim blast that killed two Pakistani staff of US consulate

The TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban, has been waging an insurgency against the state since 2007, in a bid to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law.

A series of military operations in tribal areas — the latest of which was Zarb-e-Azb launched in 2014 — have reduced the TTP’s ability to hit major targets regularly, but attacks on security and civilian targets do continue to occur.

PM offers condolences to bereaved families

Meanwhile, sympathising deeply with the bereaved families, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the terrorist attack.

“The premier has extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and prayed to Allah Almighty for grant of courage to them for bearing the irreparable losses,” a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said on Monday.

Soldiers’ sacrifices will not go in vain, says PM Nawaz

The prime minister said sacrifices by the country’s law enforcement agencies in the fight against terrorism will not go in vain.

“The nation is united in its commitment to wipe out this menace from our soil,” he added.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • liaqat ali
    Mar 7, 2016 - 2:49PM

    revenge from whome? From the innocent people going around doing their jobs and supporting their families. ?Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 7, 2016 - 4:22PM

    Qadri was hanged in Punjab why take revenge in Pakhtoonkhawa? This is just a drama, another fake excuse to kill more Pakhtoons by those who are staying as guests and their handlers..Recommend

  • zubair
    Mar 7, 2016 - 4:28PM

    The Government should respond immediately by completing abolishing blasphemy laws. This is the only way to take revenge from these vermins who drink blood of innocent people in the name blasphemy.Recommend

  • Shaikh Mohommad
    Mar 7, 2016 - 5:45PM

    @liaqat ali:
    “Doing their jobs” means jobs given by USA in American war on terror.Recommend

  • H1
    Mar 7, 2016 - 6:19PM

    This is just disgusting and silly from the TTP. Qadri would have never justified or condoned of this. Stop using his execution as an excuse. Even when he did what he did, he put his gun down, and put his hands up to be arrested.

    As for those making this out as a Punjabi Vs Pukhtoon thing, think about those who are doing this, they’re not Punjabis, all of the top brass, and most of the footsoldiers of the TTP are local people. Recommend

  • Aahad khan
    Mar 7, 2016 - 7:42PM

    Today I lost my father in law in this attack. .He was like my closest friend…These r not talibans but terrorists. ..what wrong my father in law has done to them…He was innocent civilian. ..Recommend

  • brar
    Mar 7, 2016 - 8:34PM

    ,Some of them must have shouted slogans in protest against the hanging of Qadri ?Recommend

  • iMTIAZ
    Mar 7, 2016 - 9:33PM

    How these taliban killers can call themselves muslim after taking 16 innocent lives ? Qadri was a convicted killer and he was deserve death.Recommend

  • Hamzi Tiger
    Mar 7, 2016 - 10:07PM

    Yea right….taliban are such Drama queens disguised as Muslims . wake up media,Talibans r US funded false flag agents …..u need to study the false flag acts of USRecommend

  • US CENTCOM
    Mar 7, 2016 - 11:31PM

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to the victims’ friends and families. It is hard to imagine their pain and agony at the moment. We hope that they find the strength to get through this difficult time. We also wish to see the injured make a full and speedy recovery. The terrorists have again struck in their typical cowardly way. Their attempts to destabilize the government continue, and it is sickening to see these terrorists trying to find a way to justify killing innocent people. We stand with the people of Pakistan during this difficult time and hope to see the terrorist group behind this attack completely disbanded. Pakistani security forces are working hard to counter terrorism, and we are hopeful that day isn’t far when peace will prevail throughout the country.

    Ali Khan
    Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOMRecommend

  • vinsin
    Mar 7, 2016 - 11:45PM

    @iMTIAZ:
    What about Direct Action Day and Noarkhali riots?

    @liaqat ali:
    People who didnt rise to save Qadri.Recommend

  • Mar 8, 2016 - 12:40AM

    all the terrorists and suicide bombers coming from Afghanistan….please close the border….change the policy with Afghanistan….no soft hand for the stupid Afghanistan Recommend

  • Zack
    Mar 8, 2016 - 1:17AM

    @Aahad khan
    Sorry to hear about your loss, May Allah bless him with jannah and give his family Sabr and courage to face this evil.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Mar 8, 2016 - 1:34AM

    @Hamzi Tiger:

    Talibans r US funded false flag agents

    Wait a minutes. Sartaj Aziz just admitted that they are state guests in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Woz ahmed
    Mar 8, 2016 - 3:30AM

    @Aahad khan:

    Sir my heart goes out to you and your family.

    No decent country supports terrorism or murder, but within our nation there are plenty who can justify one or the other.Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Mar 8, 2016 - 6:20AM

    Why can’t people understand that Qadri was hanged for killing an innocent man whom he was supposed to protect. Qadri pumped many bullets into the body of Governor Taseer. Such murderous behaviour cannot be removed just by removing blasphemy law because it is firmly rooted in the minds of fanatic Muslims. Just read about the reactions of lawyers who should know better. There is no escape for Pakistanis from this evil law.Recommend

  • Another Indian
    Mar 8, 2016 - 8:13AM

    @Aahad Khan… I know no words of consolation can bring the lost and totally understand your feeling of loss and desperation… Be brave brother… Things can’t be this bad for long and the sacrifice your father made won’t be in vain. Recommend

  • Last Word
    Mar 8, 2016 - 8:45AM

    I thought Zarb-e-Azb operation had successfully eliminated all Taliban and no such attacks on civilians which happened frequently in the past will ever take place in Pakistan. Recommend

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