Taliban claim Orakzai sectarian bombing that killed 14

Published: July 18, 2012

Remote-controlled bomb planted on the road exploded near a pick-up van carrying passengers.

PESHAWAR: A faction of the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a bomb attack in Orakzai that killed 14 people, a spokesman for the group said.

The roadside bomb exploded next to a passenger vehicle in the Sipaye area of the Orakzai tribal region, killing more than a dozen people in a sectarian attack targeting the Shia community.

“We targeted them because they were Shia, and they are enemies of Islam,” Mohammed Afridi, spokesman for the Darra Adam Khel faction of the Pakistan Taliban told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

“This appears to be part of a series of attacks by militants against one particular sect,” said Khushal Khan, a senior government official in Orakzai.

“It was a remote-controlled bomb planted on the road. The bomb exploded near a pick-up van carrying passengers,” senior administration official Zakir Hussain told AFP of the incident in Sepoy village.

Eight people were killed on the spot and six died in a state-run hospital in the nearby city of Kohat, Hussain said.

The dead included three women, two 11-year-old boys and a three-year-old girl, he said. All the victims were part of the same clan or same extended family.

“It was a militant attack, the aim was to create panic in the area by killing ordinary people,” Hussain said.

Doctor Mohammad Naeem of Kohat District Hospital confirmed the toll and said that an 11-year-old boy with serious injuries was transferred to Peshawar for specialist care.

Orakzai is one of seven districts in the tribal belt on the Afghan border that is home to Taliban and al Qaeda strongholds.

Reader Comments (25)

  • The Truth
    Jul 18, 2012 - 10:44AM

    “Washington has dubbed the area the most dangerous region on Earth”…. Who has given rights to Washington to declare any area as most dangerous?? Its only US agenda highlighted by Media and is road map for killing innocent Muslims and people..

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  • A J Khan
    Jul 18, 2012 - 1:22PM

    @The Truth:
    The self proclaimed most pious Muslims had planted these bombs to kill other Muslims. Disgrace on them and their cohorts.

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  • Jul 18, 2012 - 1:59PM

    @A J Khan:
    u have used all taliban’s in the past and u r still using them to accomplish ur wicked agenda’s

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  • Doch
    Jul 18, 2012 - 2:20PM

    All Shias !! Love you all Muslims !! ‘No Fear’ is their motto and now it also includes Fear of God !!

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  • Imran Con
    Jul 18, 2012 - 2:24PM

    @The Truth:
    Odd name for such a comment. Truth is just a matter of popular opinion until it’s proven otherwise. I don’t see anyone countering the accusation and I’m sure there are statistics at the ready behind the reasoning for the label which are also not contested by any other country. Though the silence is plenty. If there’s anything Pakistan can be relied upon for, it’s talk and acting offended.

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  • Hammad
    Jul 18, 2012 - 4:29PM

    These people won’t leave until the tribals decide to reject them.

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  • g
    Jul 18, 2012 - 5:55PM

    The people planting these bombs are the same innocents that should not be killed by drones. Wake up and smell the cat food.

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  • LionOfPunjab
    Jul 18, 2012 - 6:02PM

    Our 500,000 strong army should go in and clean up these maniacs who kills even women and small children. If the generals do not want to do it, then they should drive suzuki mehrans instead of bmw-7, live in a 2-3 bedroom house without butler,driver,gardener,cooks and servants and save the public monies.

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Jul 18, 2012 - 6:04PM

    Novel Tasbeeh depicts who funds them.

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  • Marxism4Pakistan.
    Jul 18, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Isn’t it ironic that Muslim sects like Shias and Ahmedis are more safe in non Muslim countries like India and China than in Islamic countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq and Saudi Arabia?

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  • Butt
    Jul 18, 2012 - 6:49PM

    If anyone is responsible for this and other killings is the people. Supporting one or the other kind of terrrorist is by the people. So lets face the music.

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  • Truth
    Jul 18, 2012 - 6:57PM

    Taliban and Lasker Jangvi killed the shia pilgrims many times on Quetta to Iran route by bus, government cannot provide security and banned shia pilgrimages to holy shrines in Iran and Iraq. Shias are victims and their site is banned for mentioning shia killing , killers sites are working. Now today bus attacked by bomb and killed 14 innocent shias same as done in kohistan a month ago. I guess Government should banned all shias population movement in country to stop that massacre, mean house arrest all the shia population (50 Million) in country rather capturing the killers. Because Government always thinks its victim fault that they come out from their houses for daily routine work.

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  • Musthaq Ahmed
    Jul 18, 2012 - 7:01PM

    @Hammad:
    And the brave and warlike tribals are scared enough to join them .

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  • Qaisrani
    Jul 18, 2012 - 7:30PM

    Even Shias blame for their killings upon US.
    Taliban,Alqaeda and all their supporters like DPC are curse to the humanity.All the people from free world should sit together to curb this menace regardless of their religion.It includes India,Pakistan,USA,EU,CHina and Russia.otherwise these barbarians will kill us in our homes like they are doing now.No excuse for their atrocities please.

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  • Sad
    Jul 18, 2012 - 7:46PM

    @g:
    So stupid comments i ever come across.Because USA killing us so we kill other innocent citizen Recommend

  • Syed
    Jul 18, 2012 - 8:39PM

    Another day you wake up to check the news and you find many more innocent shias being killed in our lovely pakistan.

    Do you guys notice there is never an attack by Shias on sunni population. Never see a shia suicide bomber. When was the last time you saw a bomb blast targeting innocent sunnis and shia accepting the killings? the goal of these talibans and al qaida is maximum damage. Doesn’t matter if women and children are also getting killed. What kind of Islam are they following?

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  • Jul 18, 2012 - 10:15PM

    It is sad to see fourteen members of one family killed brutally, including women, and children as young as three. What was their crime? And why did the terrorists target them? We all know the answer; it is only to spread chaos and panic among the public for the sake of enforcing their evil ideology. We strongly condemn this attack and send our condolences to the family and friends of the ones killed. We continue to see these daily deadly attacks that kill innocent people. It is time to become serious on these issues and tackle them head-on. All parties from both sides of the border need to get together and plan to go after the terrorists from all sides. People are seeing their true faces and that is the reason they have been rejected by the majority – although a few are still misguided. The time has come for all to reject these barbarians, and fully support our forces in their efforts to defeat the terrorists.

    Capt. Joseph Kreidel
    DET-United States Central Command
    http://www.centcom.mil/ur

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  • QASIM
    Jul 18, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Slap on the face of ZAB bhutoo,s policy.Every time a person dies in the name of religion mr ZAB bhutoo is part of that sin.unfortunately he was SHIA too.

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  • Syed
    Jul 18, 2012 - 11:20PM

    QASIM, are you just ignorant? Bhutto was not Shia. His wife was from Iran and a shia but bhutto himself was not a shia.

    Also Zia ul Haq is the biggest culprit who is responsible for this violence today. taliban, madrassa sectarian violence is all due to himRecommend

  • Sid Taji
    Jul 18, 2012 - 11:23PM

    @qasim
    First of all, I am appalled that the Tribune will let a bigot post such a comment, “unfortunately he was a SHIA”; as if it is a sin or a crime to be a shia. Secondly, the fact is ZAB was not a shia, his wife was shia muslim. Also, Talibans were not created by ZAB, they were created by the children of Zia. General Zia and his regime institutionalized religious bigotry.

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  • kaalchakra
    Jul 19, 2012 - 12:01AM

    We have to be calm and careful in order to solve problems. Please avoid using broad brushes and the impulse to finger point. Naming this or that group doesn’t help either. We have to go to the root of the problem and address those real issues which have led the conflict we see today.

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  • Cautious
    Jul 19, 2012 - 12:26AM

    “We targeted them because they were Shia, and they are enemies of Islam,”

    So much for all that “freedom fighter” nonsense – in the long run when your an religious extremist you consider most of the World a legitimate target. It’s time for Pakistan to eliminate this scum.Recommend

  • QASIM
    Jul 19, 2012 - 12:35AM

    @SYED if you chek info on wikipedia on SHIAS OF PAKISTAN you will know the faith of bhutoo,s.just saying no will not change the truth.
    @SID TAJI you missread my point when i used word unfortunately its only means that a person who use the religion to prolong his rule was SHIA too.its mean he was the founder of this new way of killing pepole in the name of Allah.Recommend

  • greenpen
    Jul 20, 2012 - 2:31PM

    @A J Khan:
    Muslims killing other muslims. Carry on!

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  • ravi
    Aug 26, 2012 - 6:46PM

    guys how come today i dont see any comments against hindus and india?Recommend

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