26 killed, 57 injured in blast at Landi Kotal market

Published: June 16, 2012

Blast affected nearby shops, including one of gas cylinders that blew up, setting shops on fire. PHOTO: REUTERS

LANDIKOTAL: At least 26 people were killed and 57 others injured when an enormous blast ripped through a local market in Khyber Agency on Saturday, reported Express News.

APA Landi Kotal Khalid Khan confirmed the casualties.

According to sources, the blast took place in a passenger vehicle which had 5kg explosives planted in it.

Officials said that at least two to three people were still trapped under the debris.

The blast affected nearby shops, including one of gas cylinders that blew up, setting the shop and other nearby shops on fire.

The injured were shifted to Landi Kotal Headquarters Hospital. Nine of them who were critical were shifted to a hospital in Peshawar.

Police and security forces reached the scene and cordoned off the area.

Witnesses said that children were also present during the time of the blast.

The area is a central point for Khyber Agency as people go to all parts of the agency from this place.

Reader Comments (33)

  • S
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:02PM

    another sad day, may ALLAH grant Jannah Ul Firdos to all and make answering in grave easy and patience to their families.

    these need to be tighter security, hope there r no more such tragic incidents :(

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  • bilal
    Jun 16, 2012 - 1:11PM

    sad. may allah bless the departed souls.

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  • Abdul Jabbar PTI
    Jun 16, 2012 - 2:20PM

    IF this was the Tabs, they would’ve:
    1) Targeted military personnel, which they usually do or the local amn committee
    2) Accepted responsibility immediately

    However in the recent spate of damakas (landikotal, bus station) or near misses (bom Defusion at Attock) none of this has happened. Tabs havent said anything and the killed were all civilians.
    I am not defending the tabs but there is more to it than meets the eye.
    Yes I am thinking of Kala Paani, if you know what I mean, considering the recent meltdown in Pak-US relationship.

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  • abc
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:02PM

    The country is running thorugh an undeclared war on its soil. We have nothing to do with this war but still we are recieving casualities. People must understand whats going on with thier country. Its really strange and dirsturbing if an incident like this happens. People please vote for something different as now it seems this will only bring the change. . Lets commiserate for all those who lost thier loved ones.God Bless Pakistan

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  • Sultan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:06PM

    @Abdul Jabbar PTI:

    Taliban have routinely and remorselessly murdered civilians. No American objective is served by blowing up a market whereas Taliban have declared war on Pakistan.

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  • Amirzada Afridi
    Jun 16, 2012 - 3:59PM

    Khyber Agency: This is third blast in Zakha khel public Transport staff>very bad and sad

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  • Wajib
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:18PM

    @Abdul Jabbar

    Not Kala Pani, looks more like ‘Kacha’ Banya

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  • Zeta
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:36PM

    @Sultan:
    you are naive if you think american objective is not fulfilled by causing anarchy in Pakistan and solid reason to “take out paki nukes”

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  • faraz
    Jun 16, 2012 - 4:41PM

    @Abdul Jabbar PTI

    Who told you that Taliban only target military or amn comitteee? They routinely carry out blasts in markets, mosques and public places. 80 percent of the 40,000 dead are civilians.

    According to Dawn:
    “Khan said the blast appeared to be aimed at members of the pro-government Zakha Khel tribe, who oppose a local warlord.”

    Come out of the state of denial

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  • Altaf Hussain, Mumbai
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:21PM

    @Abdul Jabbar PTI:
    Pakistan does not need America to kill innocent civilians. They themselves have killed more Pakistanis than all the past wars have killed. When you have hate mongers roaming freely, when you cultivate radicalism to be used as unconventional assets if need be, when you declare minor muslim sects as non-muslims, you invite mayhem. Pakistan keeps paying, and shall continue to do so, for these stupendous faultlines. As long as intolerant thugs are roaming free in Pakistan, be in the garb of clerics, charity heads, politicians, or plain criminals, Pakistan can have no respite from these senceless mass murders taking place in plain view. Please rise up, change your political system to eradicate intolerance. You need to change your system, not blame America, India or Israel for your woes.

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  • Feroz
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:22PM

    Hardly any comments that it is beyond time that the country go after the brainwashed Islamic militants and eliminate them totally None of the various groups that keep changing their names or nomenclature are friends of Pakistan. These are Muslims killing fellow Muslims and showing the World that the Religion of Peace is pursuing a course of self destruction. The price of hosting violent extremists for strategic purposes, is it not too high or should another million die before the brains start functioning logically and rationally.

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  • vasan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:30PM

    Yes Wajib and Abdul Jabbar : Keep denying yourself the truths. Started by Zia Ul Haq this kind of denialism is the bane of Pakistan.

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  • China
    Jun 16, 2012 - 5:38PM

    Inallilahi waina alayhi rajioon. May Allah bless them and give strength to families of victims.

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  • Char Latan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 6:10PM

    Bloody drones are to be blamed for this.

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  • BaBa Blacksheep
    Jun 16, 2012 - 6:23PM

    @Zeta:
    and in this process Taliban are working as a catalyst.

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  • Abdul Jabbar PTI
    Jun 16, 2012 - 6:34PM

    @Sultan: As I said Tabs may have done it but this is not their modus operandi and they usually accept responsibility. But if u remember during the 80s similar explosions took place in Peshawar (PIA building was a famous one), DI Khan and across the Frontier, carried out by Khad, the Afghan intel agency at the behest of Soviets. These explosions are in a similar category, targeting civvies and no one claiming responsibility. Maybe u dont know what the Yanks are capable of. Yet.

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  • Abdul Jabbar PTI
    Jun 16, 2012 - 6:58PM

    @vasan: How many times have you visited Pakistan to know so much about it?

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:17PM

    When the terrorists are arrested, media and human right organizations are there to declare them innocent and courts acquits them . So face the music and pray that justice prevails in the country.

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  • Arian
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:52PM

    The saga continues. The blame game and scapegoating is a convenient deflection for the real reasons why terrorists operate with impunity and carte blanche in Pakistan. The usual suspects are named and nobody questions the authorities when they use their diversionary tactics to confuse the issues. Violence begets violence and this mantra has not reached the ears of the purveyors of deception and violence.

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  • Cautious
    Jun 16, 2012 - 7:59PM

    @Char Latan

    Bloody drones are to be blamed for
    this.

    I would argue that Pakistan’s policy of selectively choosing which terrorist are good and which are bad have contributed to this problem. Maybe it’s time to take a firm stance against all terrorist and join the consensus of the rest of the international community?

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  • rp
    Jun 16, 2012 - 8:32PM

    until and unless Pakistan have cordial relations with India it will not survive…leave Kashmir Pak will b happy and we we will not try blasts

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  • utkarsh
    Jun 16, 2012 - 8:36PM

    @Abdul Jabbar PTI:
    all three countries– pakistan , india and USA are capable of using such tactics. Pakistan can do it in afghanistan and kashmir.,
    USA as well as india can do it in pakistan

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  • Zalim Singh
    Jun 16, 2012 - 8:50PM

    Raw is responsible?

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  • Babloo
    Jun 16, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Who did this ?Recommend

  • Vigilant
    Jun 16, 2012 - 9:43PM

    May they rest in peace…….very sad incident of terrorism….killing of innocents is like fashion for savage Talibans…..ANIMALSRecommend

  • Thoughtful
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:12PM

    Good terrorists vs bad terrorists. Is there really a difference?Recommend

  • Khyber
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:21PM

    @ all who have commented
    What Pakistan is suffering now, is what we are suffering for 15 years.
    And Pakistani establishment want the Taliban to be in Kabul.
    This is the direct voilation of Muhammed(pbuh) hadees. ” that a Muslim should choose the same to his brother what he chooses for himself.

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  • Irshad memon
    Jun 16, 2012 - 11:33PM

    I wish I wasn’t born in Pakistan. I want to leave this country and I have too.

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  • Basit
    Jun 17, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @Sultan:
    How can you speak so conclusively for American objectives? There only objective is to salvage the war in Afghanistan and they have shown that they can go to any lengths for their interests.

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  • Pashtun voice
    Jun 17, 2012 - 5:51AM

    No one cares about the death and destruction that frequents K-P on a daily basis. The rest of Pakistan is much more interested in Malik Riaz and Arsalan.

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  • Raj - USA
    Jun 17, 2012 - 6:52AM

    @ Khyber: ”
    What Pakistan is suffering now, is what we are suffering for 15 years.
    And Pakistani establishment want the Taliban to be in Kabul.
    This is the direct voilation of Muhammed(pbuh) hadees. ” that a Muslim should choose the same to his brother what he chooses for himself.”

    The best comment so far. The agony felt by Afghanis is clearly visible. Cannot say it better.

    @Feroz: Wish there are more like you in Pakistan.

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  • ali islam
    Jun 17, 2012 - 7:48AM

    Taleban cannot survive without creating anarchy they know it well and doing precisely what they have to do for survival. If there is peace in Pakistan what would their role be?

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  • Jun 17, 2012 - 9:03PM

    As per BBC

    The bomb appeared to be aimed at members of a pro-government tribe who have formed an anti-Taliban militia.
    Landi Kotal is in the Khyber tribal agency, part of Pakistan’s tribal north-west which has seen frequent attacks by Taliban militants……

    The attack is believed to have been aimed at members of the Zakha Khel tribe, which has been targeted by militants before.
    No group has so far claimed the attack. However, the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for attacks here in the past – describing them as retaliation for the tribesmen’s support for the government.

    With loads of history and evidence in the recent 2000′s in Khyber and rest of Pak, we must stop insulting the victims and the sane citizens’ intelligence with selling twisted unfounded irrational biased bogeyman conspiracies and stop psychotically defending the violent Taliban and other local and foreign extremist militants with insincere and dishonest excuses. Recommend

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