14 killed, over 48 injured in blast outside Quetta madrassa

Published: June 7, 2012

Relatives of victims mourn after the blast in Quetta. PHOTO: INP

Relatives of victims mourn after the blast in Quetta. PHOTO: INP The blast took place outside a madrassa in Quetta. PHOTO: EXPRESS Police officials inspect the site of the blast in Quetta. PHOTO: EXPRESS

QUETTA: At least 14 people, including five children, were killed and over 48 sustained injures in a powerful remote-controlled blast outside a religious seminary near Bank Chowk on Saryab Link Road in Quetta on Thursday. Majority of the victims were students of the religious seminary.

“Explosive materials were planted on a bicycle which was parked outside the Jama Islamia Mufat-ul- Elum Madrassa, a religious seminary. The terrorist detonated the explosive materials by a remote control,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG Operations) Qazi Wahid told reporters. Dastar bandi of those students who had memorised the Holy Quran were underway when the blast occurred, he added.

Wahid further said that the death toll would have been higher if the miscreant had taken the bicycle inside the religious seminary. “Police were already deputed in the area where blast took place,” he added.

Hundreds of students were present inside the religious seminary when the blast occurred.

According to the sources, three nephews of General Secretary Jamiat-i-Ulema Islam Senator Maulana Ghafoor Haideri were also injured in the blast.

“The ceremony had ended when the blast took place,” an eyewitness said.

According to the bomb disposable squad, around 5-6 kg explosives were used in the blast. The bicycled was destroyed while three cars and shop were also damaged.

A heavy contingent of Frontier Corps (FC), police and rescue workers rushed to the spot soon after the blast. The deceased and the injured were shifted to the provincial Sandeman Hospital and Bolan Medical Complex Teaching Hospital by private cars and Edhi ambulances.

“Five children were among the dead,” doctor Mohammad Haider at Provincial Sandeman Hospital told the reporters.

The deceased children were identified as six-year-old Faizan, eight-year-old Mohammad Younus, 10-year-old Pir Bakush, Whzakat and Fiza and the other deceased as Haji Inyatullah, Qari Atta-ur-Rehman, Rahatullah, Nazeer Ahmed, Khleemullah, Qari Hussain Ahmed and Muheebullah.

Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Quetta Mir Zubair confirmed it was a remote controlled blast. “There is a law and order problem in Quetta. However, the religious seminaries were not receiving any threats,” he said and adding that despite the limited resources, police are performing their duties to ensure peace.

Governor of Balochistan Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani condemned the blast and asked concerned authorities to probe the incident and bring the culprits to book. The investigators were clueless about the explosions.

“It would not be substantial to comment on this fatal incident,” a senior police officer said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack till the filing of this report.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 7, 2012 - 3:30PM

    More than 20 people have been killed on Saryab road in two month alone. Where is Imran Khan or any other right now???. People know that those who are being targetted speak which language and they are settlers and first they are forced to go back to Punjab and when they dont listen then their family members are shot down and Ethnic cleaning is now a Part of Baloch Culture right now.

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  • Freedom Seeker
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:03PM

    May Allah protect Pakistan.

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  • vasan
    Jun 7, 2012 - 4:08PM

    Oh No , not again

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  • saeed
    Jun 7, 2012 - 9:46PM

    @Ordinary..your comment was also very ordinary..what Imran khan has to do with this..and why name him only…once he will be in government then start blaming him…what ever his ideas are for restoring peace you can criticize them..but you can not blame him until he implements those plans for peace and fails..grow up with your comments..

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  • Ahsan Rizvi
    Jun 7, 2012 - 10:27PM

    I wish if we took the things seriously when innocent peoples of Hazara community was being targeted on daily basis … but alas at of the day we are Muslims who took our sect more seriously than our faith… May God help us in united against our common enemy.

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  • Noise
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:07PM

    Its like that guy who lived in Hilter’s Germany said

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.
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  • Jameel ur Rasheed
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:11PM

    I know who’s gonna pay for this. May Allah keep all of us safe.

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  • Dark Knight
    Jun 7, 2012 - 11:58PM

    More muslims die in hands of other muslims and Pakistan is busy protesting drone attacks! How about standing against all those extremists and help USA and UN to clean up this menace once for all instead of seeing everything through prism of muslims vs non-muslims ?????
    Anyways my sincere condolence to the innocent life lost. Any act of terrorism in indeed barbaric and should be unforgivable.

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  • Baloch
    Jun 8, 2012 - 12:34AM

    @ordinary. Every one knows that it was not done by Baloch groups. It is the reaction by those Islamist groups because of their leader’s death in recent drone attacks or may be it is new Shia-Sunni infighting ?? But it seems that you are very frustrated due to the popularity of Baloch cause that’s why you acted bias here. Jhoot Bol ke Pakistan bachao gai kya ? Perhaps now it is the part of Pakistani culture.

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  • Tch tch
    Jun 8, 2012 - 2:56AM

    Very Tragic. I dont know what animals would deliberately target kids…

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  • Naseer
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:49AM

    @Baloch:
    May be Baluchistan was not treated fairly in the past. The whole country is on FIRE. Don’t forget “United we stand, divided we fall“. There should not be any Balochi, Sindhi, Punjabi, Pathan, Mohajir.. everyone should be PAKISTANI and only PAKISTANI.

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