Targeted attack: Quetta suicide hit targets top police chiefs

Published: April 8, 2011
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A policeman walks near a destroyed vehicle after a suicide bomb attack in Quetta April 7, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

A policeman walks near a destroyed vehicle after a suicide bomb attack in Quetta April 7, 2011. PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: 

A police constable was killed while 17 others, including three children, sustained injuries when a suicide bomber in an explosive laden Pajero rammed into the residence of DIG investigation Wazir Khan Nasir here on Thursday morning.

DIG Investigation, DIG Crime Branch Naeem Kakar and their children were among the injured while houses of both top officials were completely destroyed in the powerful blast which took place on Gulistan Road, also known as Police Lines, just adjacent to the Inspector General Balochistan Police Office.

The blast left a police constable, Nasir Khan, dead. Khan was deputed outside the main gate which was crushed by the bomber in the suicide attack. Law enforcement agencies cordoned off the area soon after the blast and preserved the evidence from the crime scene.

“The target was the DIG investigation and it was a suicide attack. The bomber was driving a Pajero and struck into the main gate of the DIG’s residence where he blew himself up. A police constable was killed and 17 people were injured, most of whom were passers-by,” said police official Nisar Kakar.

The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital for treatment where most of them were referred to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) for specialised treatment.

He said the police had found four mortar shells from the site which did not explode in the blast. The bomb disposal squad defused the mortar shells. “The residences of DIG Investigation and DIG Crime Branch, situated next to it, were completely destroyed while three children belonging to DIG investigation Wazir Khan Nasir and a son of the DIG Crime Branch were injured in the attack,” he said, adding that two of the children received severe wounds in the attack.

A police mobile parked inside the house was completely gutted while eight other vehicles parked nearby were damaged in the blast. The explosion left a three-foot-deep crater inside the house.

The glass panels of two colleges, a high school, several shops and some nearby buildings were shattered due to the impact of the blast while many roofs of the houses situated close to the blast site were left partially damaged.

“The blast took place at around 8:00 AM which is why there was just one casualty reported because the area is usually busy with people,” said a shopkeeper Nadir Khan who suffered minor injuries.

According to the police sources, the attack was targeted at the DIG who had earlier received threats from a banned sectarian organisation.

The identity of the suicide bomber could not be established as police recovered a few human limbs, but were unable to gather the whole body. The body parts were later shifted to the Bolan Medical Complex Hospital, Quetta for an autopsy.

An investigation officer said the initial investigation suggests that the age of the suicide bomber was twenty to twenty-five years.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said Wazir Khan Nasir was investigating a case and there was a possibility that the culprits involved in the case had carried out the attack. “The culprits did not achieve their target,” he added.

Governor Zulfiqar Ali Magsi and Chief Minister Nawab Mohammad Aslam Raisani strongly condemned the incident. The provincial government also announced Rs2 million as compensation for the family of the martyred police constable.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 8th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • adul moiz
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:56AM

    All coverage is given to suicide attacks & the missing persons but the media,be it the news channels or the newspapers have shamefully remained silent over the deliberate ethnic cleansing of punjabis in balochistan.Hundreds have been brutally killed in this genocide.
    doctors,teachers,businessmen have been killed because their only crime was that they were punjabis.

    but no talk show anchor,no columnist,no blogger had the decency to cover this targetted ethnic cleansing.

    Are the murders of Punjabis not a crime?? Are punjabis children of a lesser god???Recommend

  • asif bajwa
    Apr 7, 2011 - 9:59AM

    Why no NGO’s protest against the ethnic cleansing of punjabis in balochistan?? why no deomonstrations in front of press clubs??

    my family were forced to flee quetta where our family had lived for 46 years because my ancestors came from punjab.We were threatened by the local balochs that we would suffer the same fate as the punjabi teachers & doctors were facing.We were forced to sell our house for pennies compared to its real value because we had to escape in a hurry but sadly no reporter,no anchor no news caster covered our plight.

    In today’s pakistan,the biggest crime is to be a Punjabi.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:00AM

    Sallam,
    i was taking my breakfast and was prepared for office suddenly a huge explosion held and i thought my street was the target, explosion was so loud that every one was feared…. i took my motor bike and start searching for the place of blast ,,, after 2 or 3 min i found the place of blast and the scene was very horrible ,,,, near streets glassed was shattered into pieces every one was feeling horrified May Allah Help us all……………..Amin…Recommend

  • aamir akhtar
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:03AM

    Are 72 virgins really worth blowing yourself up?? why doesn’t our media discuss this aspect of suicide bombings where these teenage boys who’ve lived their entire lives in segragated all male madrassas are promised 72 virgin girls if they kill the infidels???

    These teenage boys have never seen any non-burka females so ofcourse they are going to blow themselves up.Recommend

  • aamir akhtar
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:07AM

    Separate mosque & state,as long as religion is allowed to determine the laws in force in a country these kinds of brainwashed religious terrorists will continue.When religion interferes in the affairs of the state & barbaric laws are made to appease the religious barbarians so they don’t kill the scared leaders then such atrocities will continue.

    Repeal all the offensive,savage laws made on the basis of bigotry & hate.
    Appeasing the religious barbarians didn’t save bhutto,neither did it save benazir & your grovelling surrender before them won’t work for the current people in power.
    the only way is to take them head on & not try to appease them as the present govt. is doing.Recommend

  • Apr 7, 2011 - 10:45AM

    ah…the bigheartedness of Paki muslims.

    you can keep this with yourself Mr ball eater AfridiRecommend

  • Ajab Khan
    Apr 7, 2011 - 10:56AM

    Wazir Khan Nasir is a brave Police Officer who has carried successful operations against the terrorists. I pray for his early recovery. AmeenRecommend

  • Aktar
    Apr 7, 2011 - 3:20PM

    Same old story….Its all for 72 virgins girls in heaven. That’s really dumb so say the least…Recommend

  • Baig
    Apr 7, 2011 - 4:43PM

    Almost every second day here in Pakistan a fanatic Muslim youth is giving up his life for the sake of 72 virgin girls in heaven. It is really sad to see so many innocent people getting killed because of these mindless morons…..Recommend

  • Punjabistani
    Apr 9, 2011 - 6:32AM

    Its all because the Baloch people refuse to live under the Punjabistani influence. The solution is to eliminate the Baloch separatists or to separate balochistan and declare independence of both Balochistan and Punjabistan.Recommend

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