Five ‘would-be bombers’ gunned down in Quetta

Published: May 18, 2011
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Pakistani troops fire toward the attacker next to a security checkpoint in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani troops fire toward the attacker next to a security checkpoint in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani troops fire toward the attacker next to a security checkpoint in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP A wounded woman attacker raises her hand next to a security checkpoint during exchange of fire with Pakistani troops. PHOTO: AFP A wounded woman attacker raises her hand next to a security checkpoint during exchange of fire with Pakistani troops. PHOTO: AFP Pakistani security officials look at the attackers bodies next to a security checkpoint in Quetta. PHOTO: AFP Security forces stop armed suspects at checkpost; one woman blows herself up to avoid arrest.
QUETTA: 

Security forces claimed to have foiled a suicide attack bid in Quetta by shooting down five would-be bombers near a Frontier Corps (FC) checkpost on a main highway.

Three women were among the attackers who were gunned down on Tuesday by officials from the FC and Quetta police in Kharotabad, on the outskirts of Quetta, on the National Highway, which connects Quetta to Afghanistan. The alleged bombers were shot in the head, chest and abdomen and an FC man was also killed in a grenade attack by the would-be bombers.

Balochistan Home Secretary Zafar Baloch said that the attackers were Chechen nationals and carried Russian passports. “I cannot confirm whether the suspects wore suicide vests until the police produce an investigation report. But two suspects were wearing suicide vests and hurled grenades at the security personnel.”

However, eyewitnesses claim no suicide jacket or explosive-laden vests were recovered from the bodies.

Witnesses said that three women and two men had come in a van and the men stopped to offer prayers at a  nearby mosque. They were approaching the checkpost and hurled two hand-grenades.

“They were carrying hand-grenades and hurled two at security personnel before entering the post,” said Abdul Nafey, who was present at the time of attack.

The injured FC man has been identified as Lance Naik Mohammad Sajjad and was taken to the Combined Military Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The checkpost was covered with barbed wires and bodies of the alleged bombers lay inside the checkpost for almost three hours. “They were carrying more hand-grenades and would have blown themselves up if we had gone closer to them,” an FC official said.

Police also recovered two kilogrammes of explosives and 56 detonators from the van in which the bombers had entered Quetta. “Police searched the car and recovered explosives and detonators,” said Naveed Atif, Superintendent of the Sadar Police Station.

“They were in a van and heading towards Quetta city. When they were intercepted at Airport Road checkpost, the women showed their suicide vests to police officials and threatened to blow themselves up if any attempt was made to prevent them from fleeing,” Quetta police chief Dawood Junejo said. “Police chased the attackers and managed to capture them near Kharotabad area and gunned them down with assistance from the FC.”

FC official Faisal Shehzad told reporters that they had some intelligence reports about the presence of suicide bombers and acted on a tip-off.

Bodies were taken to Bolan Medical Complex for a medical examination where two Chechen nationals were identified as Amid and Hamid.

The officials, however, did not answer how attackers had entered Quetta. “We are investigating the incident,” said a FC official. “They had intended to carry out attacks in Quetta and elsewhere in the country.”

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2011.


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Reader Comments (43)

  • Khalid Javed
    May 17, 2011 - 4:42PM

    Ah, yet another deadly blast claiming innocent lives. After Abbotabad debacle, Pakistan is sandwiched between the devil and deep sea. US is exerting more pressure for doing more and more against terrorists while the terrorists are on a vengeance spree. Since May 02, more than 130 people have lost their lives in these deadly attacks. The sooner Pakistan disengages itself from this monster- War on Terror- the better. If US stops aid/compensation, economic adversity can be borne but this terror wave which have tore the fabric of Pakistan society apart, spoilt its image globally, devastated Pak economy & demoralized the entire nation, seems full of ominous possibilities. Recommend

  • A Khan
    May 17, 2011 - 5:35PM

    It is sad to see these idiots using women and children in their deadly act.

    I feel ashamed at this level of radicalization with a myopic view of the world.Recommend

  • May 17, 2011 - 5:37PM

    Could someone look into how all these Uzbeks and Chchnyans are walking around the country? The media just sensationalizes Americans entering the country. What about all these “foreignors”? Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 17, 2011 - 6:03PM

    Rather than sitting back and getting blown up — how about taking control of the tribal territories, eliminate the military compounds, eliminate the militants, and reform the radical madrassa’s?Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 17, 2011 - 6:28PM

    @Cautious:
    It’s easier said then to be done.Haven’t you seen Afghanistan ten years of war there with international troops still the Taliban hold more than 50%, I agree with khalid stop the war with them and they will leave you alone. Recommend

  • lokomoto
    May 17, 2011 - 7:08PM

    that female bomber waz a poor womanRecommend

  • Khalid Ahmed
    May 17, 2011 - 7:10PM

    Isn’t this violation of sovereignty? Everyday scores of Afghans, Uzbeks, Arabs, Chechens enter Pakistan through porous Afghan border. What’s the ghairat brigade doing about it?Recommend

  • Rohail
    May 17, 2011 - 7:29PM

    Thanks to Dr. AQ Khan, we are so safe today.Recommend

  • NBF
    May 17, 2011 - 7:41PM

    could this article be any more confusing?Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 17, 2011 - 7:52PM

    @TightDhoti:
    well thats beacuse they were invited to fight soviets in the first place, and some american Like Raymond Davis came invited as well he had all the paperwork done which he left here.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 17, 2011 - 7:57PM

    Iranian and Russian passports???……………………point to ponder!!!Recommend

  • Fahad Raza
    May 17, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @Rohail:
    where do you think you are commentingRecommend

  • Peace On Earth
    May 17, 2011 - 8:07PM

    @ Furqan:

    LOL, you REALLY think that if Pakistan cuts ties with the US, it will be the end of the Taliban and other extremists?

    Never. The extremist elements won’t rest until they are in power. This is what you get for attempting to control a violate element to your advantage, which now, is backfiring.Recommend

  • Shabbir Baloch
    May 17, 2011 - 8:34PM

    @Rohail:
    LONG LIVE AQ KHANRecommend

  • Rohail
    May 17, 2011 - 9:04PM

    @Fahad Raza:

    I was being cynical. Possessing nuclear weapons should be the last thing on nation’s mind. We have nuclear weapons today, but our situation is worst than Iraq. No atomic bomb can save Pakistan from the inevitable doom. Recommend

  • Asrar Ahmed
    May 17, 2011 - 9:18PM

    Just saw the video on GEO

    This incidence needs detail independent inquiry.
    the whole thing looked very odd……….Recommend

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:47PM

    @Peace On Earth:
    yep.. you can keep / train and feed a snake as long as you want.. its true nature is going to come out one day.. and you will be his first victim..Recommend

  • A Suhail
    May 17, 2011 - 10:57PM

    Anyone watched the news recently. These poor Chechan/Uzbek kids were brutally murdered by our ever vigilant forces. One can see a women waving her hand, and according to the news reporter, asking the FC to stop the shooting but still she was killed with a barrage of bullets. If the had suicide vests on, the vests should have exploded when they were being fired on. I wonder if this is the same way poor Baluchis are slaughtered every day. Just watching the whole episode made me sick to my stomach. I am speechless.Recommend

  • saleem khan
    May 17, 2011 - 11:02PM

    Great. So now Chechen women and children are out there as well. Just great. No talk show points towards this as all our Anchor-turned-Heroes are shouting against Drones Attack and Sovereignty while the same Drones Attacks kill these Arabs/Chechen/Uzbek/Saudis/Bengalis/Indonesians/Tajiks/you just name it. Recommend

  • Omar Haroon
    May 17, 2011 - 11:09PM

    @TightDhoti:
    My sentiments exactly. Are they really the relics from the 80s era or something newer? I’m more interested in what the investigation reveals about them, if at all.Recommend

  • Umair
    May 18, 2011 - 1:42AM

    These are not extremists. These are gangsters and looters who are using cover of Islam to gain sympathies from fools and power to fool others. They receive money from Americans, ISI, Indians whoever feeds them and then they blackmail them. They have grown over th years in poverty and lawlessness in tribal and rough areas. Foreigners have used and abuse them and now they are showing muscles. That’s all. There is no connection with actual religion wake up…. It’s all nonsense… Even an idiot who learns a religion learns not to harm and how to be kind… Recommend

  • jordan
    May 18, 2011 - 3:49AM

    @Khalid Ahmed:
    the ghairat brigade is waging its countries deadliest war having sacrifised more than NATO and bleeding evryday against these foreigners…….and the things going on in my mind that i would love you to listen might bother mr.moderator..!! =))Recommend

  • Radial
    May 18, 2011 - 4:51AM

    chechen, arabs, uzbeks and afghans are members of the “ummah” hence they are free to enter and exit pakistan as they wish, and murder pakistani civilians and security forces whenever they wish. there will be no raymond davis type of outcry about what some uzbek was doing in pakistan even if he killed 50 people in cold blood instead of 2. you also wont see imran and his friends protesting fellow members of the ummah.Recommend

  • Mir
    May 18, 2011 - 7:37AM

    Something does not add up. They were saying they had suicide vests and now none of them had vests. The three women veered off in one direction towards the post while the other two tried to escape. This is after they got rid of 2 other occupants in the vehicle which also does not seem to be mentioned. I will wait for further details as some of the story is not adding up. They were probably HVT’s wives or family who seem to have been gunned down after grenades were thrown and one of ours died in the hospital. Recommend

  • Gordon
    May 18, 2011 - 7:52AM

    That is all crap with chechen women and children involvement! These innocent people or either killed by Pakistani special services or military to report about thier alledged success in combatting terror and recieving more funds or there are no chechens at all and the whole story is the usual lie! Having their own homeland occupied by Russians I’m sure no Chechen women would have ever come to Pakistan to fight for Taliban or whatever and evidently deception! I wonder how these pakistani “warriors” want to explain russian authorities that they had killed russian women and children? I know russians will revenge on pakistanis for that murder! Recommend

  • D. Powers
    May 18, 2011 - 9:47AM

    The valiant Chechens have been fighting the Russians for the last several centuries to get freedom. No matter what form of Government ruled in Moscow, the Chechens were ruthlessly slaughtered. I consider them the bravest nation in the world. The rise of Jihadists just ruined the cause of the Chechens. The were freedom fighters, wanting to free their country but Jihadist elements lured them to Afghanistan and Pakistan and are now making a scapegoats of them. There are questions that why were these people there and why did they want to commit mass suicide attack, along with women and children but I really have sympathies for these people dying like this among aliens in an alien country. Recommend

  • Positive Pakistani (from Karachi)
    May 18, 2011 - 9:52AM

    @A Suhail:
    How can you be so sure about the innocent of the people just by looking 2 or 3 pictures of the people? and how can you claim that the suicide jackets would blow up just by getting gunfires on it? are you watching some mindless bollywood movie???….

    Please get the facts rights before coming on to conclusions like what you have already come on to…Recommend

  • pakdoc
    May 18, 2011 - 10:55AM

    chechen, uigurs, tajiks, uzbeks, kuwaitis, saudis, indonesians, yemenis, egyptians, sudanese, libyans, brits, americans, afgans, french, germans, many african countries, etc being a muslim country we welcome militants from all over the world. When are we going to learn that we are becoming a playground for militancy for all these countries. Why is it that no other muslim country want these militants there? Are we so corrupt or is Jihad only war of pakistan?Recommend

  • May 18, 2011 - 11:51AM

    You are not poor or innocent when you have a vehicle full of explosive material, detonators, grenades, bullets and guns.

    And then you cannot justify throwing grenades at security forces and then hoping a siezefire when you wave your hands

    Sieze fire? Yes you could have done it 10 mins before and everything would have been fine and No Police officer would have lost a life from your firing…. Stupid Women, i have no sympathies for our enemies of peaceRecommend

  • faraz
    May 18, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Soldiers are ordered to fire at any vehicle that refuses to stop. Terrorists or not, their action is perfectly justifiedRecommend

  • Yousaf
    May 18, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Bravo!! good job fellows…. do it till you find the last one. Recommend

  • A Suhail
    May 18, 2011 - 3:05PM

    @positive Pakistani. Did you watched the news on Express Channel yesterday. They raised the same question which I did. There are no suicide vests found on any of them which is a new development. How come all five of them ended right next to the FC check post? Why didnt they blow themselves if they were this close to the post. Who gave the FC to be judge, jury and executioner at the same time. A women bugging to be spared and our FC drill 2000 bullets into her. Do you think thats ok. May be you need to look into your facts before opining here. There is just way too many holes in this story.Recommend

  • Anserali Khan
    May 18, 2011 - 3:48PM

    Is this Pakistan or Disney land.

    We have Afghans/Arab/Chechen/Saudis/Bengalis/Indonesians/Tajiks/Uzbeks etc terrorists. What are our Border security agencies doing to stop this.

    All these foreigners who are illegally here should be packed up and sent back to their countries.Recommend

  • Shahjee
    May 18, 2011 - 7:30PM

    Well I demand an investigation as i saw the killing of women on TV. Forces were firing on the injured women waiving their hands for mercy as they did not knew our languages.
    What is the point of killing these ladies after men were eliminated and women were injured and on ground? Police was far away at a safe distance and they had no reason to kill the wounded. They should have taken an armored car parked behind to inspect the women if they pose any danger or not.
    Govt. should give prize to those who killed attackers and punish those who killed wounded as they could have given information or may be they were innocent ladies being used by militants.Recommend

  • Shaukatpk62
    May 19, 2011 - 12:17AM

    Sometime is such areas like quetta and balochistan which has almost no literacy level and all are bound to their so called traditions…….as there is no grip of government in such areas and they people do as they like. There are no moral values among them and there is no value of life in their eyes. Most of them are equipped with guns at every time. Where is media and where is government to take grip and control over such areas. I also condemn media which is a puppet in the hands of parties. Shame on you media for not taking real picturesRecommend

  • junaid
    May 19, 2011 - 3:14AM

    @everybody
    y i get the moronic message from some intelligent,spelled opposite, as if Pak is very happy to entertain these types of thugs…y dont u people realize instead of commenting for the sole purpose of commenting that the Pak army is waging the war against the same..they be chechns,afghans,usa,indians…..whoever..!it is not upto the Pak army alone to stop border infiltrations and please find out who has the highest number of troops stationed,casualties,military tolls and suicide attacks while waging this proxy war to satisfy someone elses hunger for power!Recommend

  • Ali Wazir
    May 19, 2011 - 4:27AM

    You have to count on Dawn to do some real journalism, Great going ET keep feeding us the ISPR BS. I think so you guys should stick to selling Mc donalds and Ciggrates.link textRecommend

  • M
    May 19, 2011 - 5:58AM

    One question…. How come DAWNS article TOTALLY CONTRADICTS this and states they were completely UNARMED!!!
    http://www.dawn.com/2011/05/19/chechens-killed-in-quetta-were-unarmed-witnesses.htmlRecommend

  • Talat
    May 19, 2011 - 12:06PM

    Explosives and weapons could be planted as evidence later. When would there be good inquiries in this country?Recommend

  • Farah K
    May 20, 2011 - 3:33AM

    One question………what were they doing there in the first place these foreigners?Recommend

  • Aabid
    May 23, 2011 - 12:52AM

    Pl verify the account by some of the eyewitness
    some of the eyewitness says that the police officials at airport check posts investigated these innocent Chechen and misbehaved with the females in the hired taxi. The males protested on which they were mishandle and police official reported the beauty of the girls to kharotabad check post. The police official at the later check post tried to rape the women who fled. The guilty police officials cried terrorist and created confusion and killed the innocent people with the help of FC.
    Pl condemn those who killed innocent people Recommend

  • Radial
    May 28, 2011 - 8:02AM

    they were ordered to stop and they did not. the security forces fired on them. perfectly justified. in this day when hundreds or thousands of police, rangers and soldiers have been blown up by terrorists, security forces can and should open fire to protect themselves and innocent civilians when faced with a vehicle coming towards them that does not follow instructions to slow down or stop, or people who do not follow their instructions. have you idiots forgotten how many suicide bombers attack pakistan every day? it is a do-or-die decision that a policeman at a checkpoint has to make. also, there have been woman terrorists and bombers, and there have also been male terrorists dressed up in burkas (e.g. the red mosque maulana), so just because someone is wearing female clothing doesn’t mean the security forces should let them do whatever they want. and did anyone ask what these chechens were doing in pakistan anyway? presumably not tourists. why were there explosives in their car?Recommend

  • Furqan
    May 30, 2011 - 9:58AM

    @Radial:
    Well man before call other people idiots you should study the facts and figures yourself first i guess. Have u even heard the Police officials statements on this??????? the women were being chased by the Policmen and they asked the FD to fire on them. Now tell me if they suicide bombers or terrorists with weapons wouldn’t they are fired upon the poilice officials who were chasing them??????????Recommend

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