Potential suicide bomber killed in Quetta

Published: April 26, 2012

Police opened fire at suspect when he tried to run away, detonator prematurely goes off causing explosion. PHOTO: AFP/ FILE

QUETTA: A potential suicide bomber was killed when a detonator he was carrying along with a suicide vest prematurely went off on Kirani Road near Hazara Town, pre-dominantly Shia Muslims’ neighbourhood in Quetta, on Thursday night.

The police officials in plain clothes deputed near Hazara Town tried to stop a suspect and opened fire at him when he tried to run away, Superintendent Police (SP) Brewery Malik Arshid said.

The detonator prematurely went off, killing the man on the spot; however, his suicide vest could not explode, he added. The explosion rocked the area.

Sources said that the alleged suicide bomber wanted to target the people of Hazara community and the police successfully foiled the attempt.

A heavy contingent of police and security forces reached the spot and cordoned off the area.

According to the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), the bomber was carrying 4-5kg explosive material and ball bearings.

SP Arshid said that the bomber wanted to enter the Hazara town when he was intercepted by the police.

“The attacker seemed to be young with a light beard,” he said.

The body was shifted to Bolan Medical College (BMC) Teaching Hospital for autopsy. The identity of the alleged bomber could not be ascertained as yet.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Apr 26, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Good Riddance

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  • HAZARA TIGERS
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:16PM

    The suicide bomber was identified the people of the area not police, the people later informed the nearby Police who fired and killed him. Before his killing people of the area also pelted stone on the suicide bomber who was on the run then police shot him down.

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  • Noise
    Apr 26, 2012 - 9:21PM

    Since drive-by killings have become harder the loons are trying suicide bombing. Dont they have anything better to go than trying to kill people. I bet the funding for this comes from outside the country. If these guys were spending out of their own pocket they would not have been so enthusiastic about their genocidal cause.

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  • Mir
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:04PM

    @HAZARA TIGERS:
    i wish people allover country play their role against the terrorists as hazaras did. Great job Hazaras. They should follow up the case now. If people play their roles this terrorism will reduce to great extent.

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  • Hazheer Hazara
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:21PM

    “POTENTIAL” Suicide Bomber .. Seriously @Etribune. He Exploded Man. It Was A Suicide Bomber!

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  • smj
    Apr 26, 2012 - 10:50PM

    Let’s find out the background of this criminal, arrest his family, friends everyone from what madarssa/mosque he used to go, to investigate.. that must be the only way to find the real culprits targetting Shias/Hazaras of Balochistan.

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  • AllahRukha
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:05PM

    Great job by the people there. It was also the vigilance of the passengers in Awami Express that averted the terrorism. Similarly, a while back, a woman in a coach identified a suicider. It is amazing that with little education, people of Pakistan do more than their protectors.

    Gosh I wish our police would spend more time in nabbing terrorists than bothering couples and asking for their wedding license (nikkah nama) or working for vvips.

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  • Irfan
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Even the other day when the FC claimed to capture the target killer alive was wrong. The fact is that hazara guys close to the scene of target killing saw the fleeing after shooting someone and were shot at. So they were captured while trying to flee from crimes scene by hazaras and were handed over to the FC . While the balochistan FC had claimed the capture through tribune. When will our media learn to speak the truth and not give the undue credit to some official?

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  • abbas
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:53AM

    Wasil-e-Jahanum. I wish Almighty does a miracle and it happens every time they put on suicide jacket.

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  • Tahir
    Apr 27, 2012 - 10:18AM

    If the detonator was so powerful just what kind of havoc would the bomb have wrecked had it actually blown up?

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  • Daniel Azad
    Apr 27, 2012 - 1:39PM

    Very luck for the Hazaras they stopped by the police. If every sincere individual do their own support for the well being of Pakistanis and Pakistan than Pakistan could become a safe heaven again. Good job by the police.

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