Bin Laden revenge attack: Taliban target US convoy in Peshawar

Published: May 21, 2011
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A security official collects evidence at the site from a vehicle which was damaged by a bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A security official collects evidence at the site from a vehicle which was damaged by a bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS

A security official collects evidence at the site from a vehicle which was damaged by a bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS Police, a rescue worker and security officials collect evidence at the site of a bomb blast in Peshawar. PHOTO: REUTERS
PESHAWAR: 

The Taliban said on Friday they had attacked a US consulate convoy in an upscale neighbourhood of Peshawar – the latest assault in a surge of violence since al Qaeda kingpin Osama bin Laden was killed in a top-secret operation by US commandos in Abbottabad on May 2.

Police said that a car bomb had been detonated by remote control as the convoy passed on Abdara Road in University Town. A passerby was killed and a dozen others wounded in the attack.

The attack – the first on American citizens in Pakistan since Bin Laden’s killing – comes a day after the interior ministry issued a statement asking foreigners to avoid unnecessary travel without prior notification.

“The attack was targeting two US consulate officials, who were on their way to the consulate in Peshawar Cantonment from the American Club in University Town,” Peshawar Police chief Liaqat Ali Khan told reporters at the site of attack. The Americans, he said, remained safe as they were travelling in a bomb-proof Land Cruiser.

He said that it was a car bombing that took place at around 8:25am, and around 12 people were injured in the attack. However, he said, there was no information about any American national suffering injuries in the attack.

US embassy spokesperson Alberto Rodriguez said two US government employees were lightly wounded in the rush-hour attack. “One vehicle was damaged. There is no death among our personnel and there are no serious injuries,” Rodriguez said, adding that two male US government employees inside the car suffered “minor injuries”.

The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) swiftly claimed responsibility, threatening more attacks against Western targets. “Our first enemy is Pakistan, then the US and after that, other Nato countries,” said TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan. “Osama was our leader and America is the biggest terrorist,” the spokesman said.

Offices of many international organisations are located in University Town. The area, where al Qaeda was founded in 1998, was also a hub of Afghan resistance during the Soviet era.

Dismissing initial reports of a suicide bomber on a motorcycle, Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) officials said 50 to 55 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the attack. They said that the Alto, used by the attackers, was parked in the area. But the police chief said it was not clear if the vehicle was moving or parked.

According to witnesses, the blast was so intense that the entire area rocked in its aftermath. Many houses and moving vehicles were damaged, while the bomb-proof vehicle’s exterior was damaged after it ran into an electricity pylon.

Nasir, a security guard at a nearby hospital, told The Express Tribune that following the first blast, another Land Cruiser sped to the scene and whisked away the foreigners.

The passerby killed in the attack was identified as Amjad, son of Bashir, who was on a motorbike near the attacked car. Those injured were identified as Bilal Zeb, Noorul Haq, Saifur Shah, Ihsan Tanvir, Syed Hassan Shah, Zahid, Bakht Nabi, Shahid Awan, Usman Ghani and a woman Nabila Gul.

With additional input from AFP

Published in The Express Tribune, May 21st, 2011.


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Reader Comments (24)

  • Qaadir
    May 20, 2011 - 9:22AM

    How many more deaths before the government stops supporting these barbarians. Instead of pointing at foreign powers, let the government do its job once and eliminate these assets once and for all.Recommend

  • vasan
    May 20, 2011 - 9:23AM

    Time to put the Chinese jets to good use. Recommend

  • Ashok
    May 20, 2011 - 9:37AM

    It seems like the tombstone business is really taking off in Pakistan. Just plain sad.Recommend

  • Asim+Ali
    May 20, 2011 - 9:37AM

    Raymond Davis has done his job. The present puppet government has fulfilled the mission of the external powers. Bombs and blasts are now a culture of this country (sadly). This is the new millennium of nuclear Pakistan. And we will also receive 50 more jets from China. I do not know why this is breaking news anymore. The media with its simpletons will continue to show the puppets (PPP, PML). They will talk tough, they will look tough and yet we do not know what the end game is. The external powers have put us on the track for their end game. Our media simpletons will do the country a great favor, if they at least begin to start identifying new leadership which this country requires. Look at our large private corporates and the professionals who run them. You will not find a single politician or general to do the job which is required of professional entities. Same is required to run PakistanRecommend

  • nasrullah afridi
    May 20, 2011 - 9:47AM

    these are the fruits of our allignment with the usa in the golobal war against terrorism. Bomb blasts have become the order of the day and every morning we are greeted with explosions and killings of innocent people. still there is time and our leaders should think over our allignment with the usa in the global war against terror. Recommend

  • Mirza
    May 20, 2011 - 9:53AM

    Pakistan army should clean out the terrorists from North Waziristan and wherever they are. How many more cold blooded murders would it take for the army/ISI to stop this carnage? Why is half a million army is not in action? Terrorists have declared the war on the population of Pakistan, hello and wake up.

    This is no time to sit, sleep, make speeches and taking tours but to do the primary job, which is to protect Pakistani people. If not now then when? Recommend

  • Rohail
    May 20, 2011 - 10:24AM

    I hope the foreigners are ok.

    God bless US-Pakistan friendship!Recommend

  • NGH
    May 20, 2011 - 12:27PM

    what next? US will pack up and leave or is it call for action on ground?Recommend

  • dude
    May 20, 2011 - 12:43PM

    and the revenge continues..Recommend

  • loyal to Pakistan
    May 20, 2011 - 1:10PM

    Why would TTP target their friends and financial backers I mean CIA?Recommend

  • Abdul
    May 20, 2011 - 1:22PM

    C`Mon “Loyal to Pakstan”, enough of conspiracy theories. See the reality, people are dying and you still dont believe in conspiracy crap of Zaid Hamid.Recommend

  • Waqar
    May 20, 2011 - 2:42PM

    How were the militants able to get away with ‘planting’ a bomb near the diplomatic enclave withot arousing some suspicion in the heavily checked area?Recommend

  • RH
    May 20, 2011 - 3:11PM

    @A Muslim: you have got to be jokingRecommend

  • Saad
    May 20, 2011 - 3:21PM

    strategic assests are afterall showing their work !!!Recommend

  • hamid
    May 20, 2011 - 3:38PM

    As long as the people get brain washed in madrassas based on the texts, these kind of insane killing won’t stop.Recommend

  • mind control
    May 20, 2011 - 5:29PM

    @All commentators here

    During the Davis saga a ‘security agency’ had revealed that Davis had telephone numbers of TTP cadres. It was insinuated that TTP was in fact a CIA front.

    The question is why is TTP then unhappy with CIA succcess in Abbottabad and what has been done with the telephone numbers seized from Davis?

    Or am I asking for rational explanations in the season of mass hysteria?Recommend

  • Cautious
    May 20, 2011 - 7:21PM

    @mind control. Utter nonsense – why in the World would the CIA be blowing up American consulate cars? The problem with conspiracy theories is that they tend to ignore common sense.Recommend

  • pakpinoy
    May 21, 2011 - 1:41AM

    @Cautious:

    Well, that is the problem…common sense and logic are a rare commodity in Pak.Recommend

  • Vicram Singh
    May 21, 2011 - 3:46AM

    The signals from Pakistan are very confusing at the moment – at times it seems things are taking a turn for the better, and at times it seems things are getting out of hand.

    What we should understand is that – if need be, we can remain bitter enemies, but we can never invite outside powers to the region.Recommend

  • Nasirudin Bulani
    May 21, 2011 - 9:26AM

    ALQEEDA! Please do all your acts in Afghanistan and liberate her soonest possible to get USA,UK,NATO out of this region.All your actions in Pakistan strengthen USA,NATO,UK and only corruupt rulers of Pakistan,MQM,PPP,ANP benefit and poor die and are being ruined and curse you.Leave us.Imagine how goof Osama was.Living in all comfort with three wives,half dozen of children amnd leaving all diaries,computer,datas of his schemes in the compound ready to going to the hands of USA-CIA etc to the total embarrassment of the poor of Pakistan and not corrupt rulers who thrive by this soituation.Go to Afghanistan and fight the usurpers there with Mullah Umar.Change your strategies.Recommend

  • M. Salim
    May 21, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Pakistani’s suffering from intellectual bankrupty. Concentrate on providing security, electricity and water to the teaming millions rather than chase NATO oil tankers. Keep up the drone strikes to rid the country of barbarians. Recommend

  • loyal to Pakistan
    May 21, 2011 - 2:23PM

    @Abdul:
    Its not a conspiracy but fact.Bomb proof US vehicles get hit by a road side bomb and the only people who get killed are Pakistani, who were out side the vehicles.US supposedly killed Osama but TTP wants to kill Pakistanis for revenge.Why does TTP not attack NATO supply convoys or go fight in Afghanistan.No sir,TTP never shot a single bullet in Afghanistan because thats the deal between TTP and CIA.A road side bomb went off next to convoy of US consulate to show the world that TTP is attacking Americans and no American gets killed but only vehicle damage.Wake up and smell the coffee “Abdul”, if thats your real name. Recommend

  • Naushad Khan
    May 22, 2011 - 2:34PM

    How many more Muslims you need to die in the so called Bin Laden Revenge Attack? Can’t you guys understand a simple thing that we Muslims kills Muslims in the name of Jihad. How can this type of Jihad be justified? Do you really think that every Muslim on the earth will stand for you? Recommend

  • SH
    May 22, 2011 - 3:12PM

    Whatever the murky facts may be – conspiracy theories aside – the TTP openly declared war against Pakistan. What is stopping us from reciprocating and wiping out this menace and all the rest of the “banned” organizations working on our soil? Lets destroy them!Recommend

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