Suicide blast at funeral leaves 15 dead, 33 injured

Published: March 11, 2012

Relatives and volunteers shift a body from a hospital after a suicide attack in Peshawar on March 11, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

A man is comforted by his relative at the Lady Reading hospital as he cries over the death of a family member in a suspected suicide bomb attack in the outskirts of Peshawar March 11, 2012. PHOTO: REUTERS Relatives and volunteers shift a body from a hospital after a suicide attack in Peshawar on March 11, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: At least 15 people were killed and 33 others were injured when a suicide bomber exploded himself at a funeral procession in Badhaber, in the outskirts of Peshawar city on Sunday.

A suicide bomber exploded himself in a funeral procession in the central graveyard of Badhaber, bordering Khyber Agency. Seven of the injured are in a critical condition.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) Darra Adam Khel claimed responsibility for the attack.

TTP spokesperson, speaking from an undisclosed location, told the media that the target of the attack was Deputy Speaker of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Khushdil Khan because he was assisting the local peace committees in combating the militants.

Khan was present at the funeral ceremony but escaped unhurt minutes before the bomber exploded his suicide vest.

Station House Officer (SHO) Abid confirmed the suicide attack and said that around 6kg of explosives and ball bearings were used in the attack, the remains of the bomber were also recovered.

A vehicle and a motorcycle were also destroyed in the blast, and the officials initially speculated that the bomb might have been planted on the motorcycle.

Eyewitness Zafar who was admitted at the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) told The Express Tribune that the timing of the funeral was altered and the funeral took place at least 15 minutes before its time

“After the funeral prayers were offered, we left the ground and then an explosion took place. There were body parts strewn all around,” Zafar said.

Police officials said that the funeral was of a woman who was ‘mistakenly’ killed when a bullet from her son’s pistol was fired yesterday. Sources added that a cousin of the deputy speaker was also killed in the attack.

“The attack is a reaction of the security forces operation in Khyber Agency,” said Deputy Speaker Khan while speaking to the media.

The MS of Lady Reading Hospital Rahim Jan Afirdi told journalists that 31 injured had been brought to the hospital.

“The condition of five people is critical,” he said and confirmed that there were thirteen dead bodies at the hospital.

The attack comes at a time when security forces killed around 39 militants in Bara, Khyber Agency in an operation that lasted for many hours. Four security personnel including an officer were killed in the battle.

The outskirts of Peshawar have more than often been a battleground between the security forces aided by the Lashkar and the militants. Thirty seven people were killed and more than 50 were injured when a suicide bomber targeted a funeral procession in March last year in Adezai.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • nirmal maunder
    Mar 11, 2012 - 12:05PM

    Why was the lady shot dead by her own son.?must be some important people where high ranking persons were present.What was the motive of bombing.Was it connected the lady’s most unfortunate death.

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  • h w
    Mar 11, 2012 - 2:18PM

    This nation as it appears is getting addicted to a new kind of blood sport. Suicide bombing. True or False? Iblees must be feeling highly elated and triumphant today.

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  • Mar 11, 2012 - 2:27PM

    “The attack is a reaction of the security forces operation in Khyber Agency,” said Deputy Speaker Khan. Then why kill innocents who are already in pain of losing their near ones. These terrorists are cowards, they cannot face their real foes but target innocents, women and children. If you are fighting in the name of Islam, sorry terrorists, we do not want this type of Islam.

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  • Mar 11, 2012 - 4:11PM

    RIP to the victims… the Taliban shall come to a sticky end somedayRecommend

  • Anwar
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:28PM

    @h w: “Iblees” ?? It is belief in such things that is causing the unrest. The need of the hour is education – modern scientific education.

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  • Mar 11, 2012 - 4:31PM

    I wonder if Pakistan is regretting keeping all of those madrassas open so long after the Soviet/Afghan war.

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  • junaid
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:35PM

    INA LILA HE WA INA ALAHE RAJAOON…..!!!

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  • dv sikka
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Though I am no fan of Musharraf I feel the time has come to bring him back and give him his ‘gaddi’. He is the only person who can control Pakistan. The bloodshed of innocent people has to be stopped. The present government has failed miserable. The common man has become a destitute. It is time to save Pakistan from disintegrating.

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  • alicia
    Mar 11, 2012 - 4:53PM

    First of all how was that woman ‘accidentally’ shot? Did the police investigate the son for manslaughter?
    Secondly what kind of low-life disgusting people will attack a funeral. Taliban are cowards. They will have to go into their graves one day as well what will they answer to God? Attacking a funeral is the worst thing those can do.Recommend

  • Pashtun voice
    Mar 11, 2012 - 5:08PM

    Unless we completely stop the flow of explosives into Pakistan I am afraid this suicide bombing and other car bombing cannot be stopped. How difficult can this be?

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  • Amna
    Mar 11, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Sad! It’ll keep happening until we own this war. We gotta identify extremism a problem or we would keep suffering.

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  • Abbas
    Mar 11, 2012 - 5:47PM

    I condemn this attack.

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  • wajahat
    Mar 11, 2012 - 5:52PM

    these people are creating wrong image about islam which is surely a releigon of peace

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  • Mogambo
    Mar 11, 2012 - 7:39PM

    @wajahat:

    Does Rinkle’s case ring any bells?

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  • MyHeartSpeaks
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:01PM

    The whole claim/responsibility of the attack is based on a phone call from undisclosed location, and yet we don’t try to find it. The news clearly says: “..TTP spokesperson, speaking from an undisclosed location, told the media..” How on earth can any place be undisclosed in satellite monitored world. Why can’t they trace the call and send drone there?? All TTP attacks in the past were claimed from undisclosed location and they were never traced… Aren’t undisclosed locations’ claims raise doubts on its authenticity???

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  • MarkH
    Mar 11, 2012 - 8:53PM

    @Pashtun voice:
    If you knew what people can use to make explosives you’d know that’s almost impossible. Here’s one hint for one part. The number two. Try the law enforcement and actually viewing reality over listening to and allowing religious hate rallies.Recommend

  • Harry Stone
    Mar 12, 2012 - 1:10AM

    just another day in the land of the pure…………am surprised someone has not reported this as a drone attack.

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