FIA team arrives in Peshawar to investigate church attack

Published: September 24, 2013

Two suicid­e bomber­s with 12 kilogr­ammes of explos­ive materi­al attack­ed the church after Sunday mass. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: A Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) team has arrived in Peshawar from Islamabad to start its investigation into the twin suicide blasts that killed more than 80 Christian worshippers, Express News reported on Tuesday.

The team will collect evidence from the blast site and inspect the church building and its surroundings.

According to initial investigation, each of the bombers carried at least six kilogrammes of high explosives in his suicide vest. “Ball bearings were also used in the devices to maximise casualties,” Additional AIG (Special Branch) and head of the Bomb Disposal Squad Shafqat Malik told The Express Tribune.

“We found the skull of one bomber soon after the explosions, while the second head was found on the rooftop of the church,” he added.

Attack

Two attackers struck at the end of Sunday Mass at All Saints Church in Peshawar on September 22.

The bombers entered the church through the main gate which was reopened for the Sunday Mass after almost three years of closure. Police also found a 9mm pistol at the site which substantiated some witnesses’ account that the attackers fired gunshots and lobbed a hand grenade to engage the police guards at the church.

As the death toll from the blasts mounted to 83, the intensity of protests escalated — with the enormity of the tragedy sinking in more deeply into the national psyche.

Enraged Christians took to the streets in several parts of the country — some protested peacefully, while others resorted to violence.

Medics and government officials said that 78 parishioners, among them 34 women and seven children, were killed

The K-P government announced Rs500,000 in compensation to the families of victims in the attack.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Raghu
    Sep 24, 2013 - 1:09PM
  • SHAGY
    Sep 24, 2013 - 1:09PM

    they sure did take their sweet time…coming from a city that is less than 300km away!

    btw I foresee Imran Khan being accused for the blast five years from now as Musharraf is being accused for Benazir Murder!

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Sep 24, 2013 - 1:11PM

    “some protested peacefully, while others resorted to violence”

    Certainly “the some” is for those who are mourning the deaths. Let it be clear that “.others” are not the same.”some”, but the killers, the terrorists and their supporters.

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  • Lolz
    Sep 24, 2013 - 2:08PM

    Where is our Prime Minister, the symbol of solidarity?!

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  • naeem hussain
    Sep 24, 2013 - 2:52PM

    It is done by American and Indian backed terrorists. These countries want to damage the image of Pakistan. These countries are committing the worst acts of terrorism in the name of war against terrorism.Recommend

  • unbelievable
    Sep 24, 2013 - 2:57PM

    How many minutes did it take the FBI to arrive after the Boston bombing? Perhaps Pakistan can take a hint from the American’s – evidence deteriorates with time.

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  • Sep 24, 2013 - 3:18PM

    It is never too late. Hope that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will investigate Peshawar Church attack properly and will find some conclusive clues that will help in arresting culprits.

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  • Islamabadi1
    Sep 24, 2013 - 4:35PM

    FIA team arrives to investigate? Why did it take them 2 days? Were they sleeping?

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  • Sep 24, 2013 - 5:00PM

    We repeat what Jen Psaki, Department of State Spokesperson, said: “We support Pakistan’s efforts to bring the perpetrators to justice. The United States remains concerned about continuing sectarian violence in Pakistan that has brought heartache to Sunnis, Shia, Christians, and members of other communities across the country. Extremist violence against innocent Pakistani men, women, and children of any faith is an assault on universal human values.” Those who choose to side with conspiracy theories are only letting the obvious culprits off the hook. Our nations are working night and day to restore peace in the region. It is no secret that nation of Pakistan continues to face the wrath of terrorism. We will continue to support Pakistan in its effort to counter terrorism, and wish to see peace prevail throughout the region.

    Ali Khan
    DET, United States Central Command

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  • numbersnumbers
    Sep 25, 2013 - 3:01AM

    @naeem hussain:
    Pleeeeze tell us how you know that these are “Indian and American backed terrorists”, or we may just decide that you are making these delusions up!

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