11 killed in powerful blast outside Quetta mosque

Published: August 31, 2011
Local residents gather at the site of a car bomb blast in Quetta on August 31, 2011. A car bomb exploded in a parking lot after Eid prayers on August 31 killing at least four people adn wounding 10 others in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said. PHOTO: AFP

Local residents gather at the site of a car bomb blast in Quetta on August 31, 2011. A car bomb exploded in a parking lot after Eid prayers on August 31 killing at least four people adn wounding 10 others in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said. PHOTO: AFP

Local residents gather at the site of a car bomb blast in Quetta on August 31, 2011. A car bomb exploded in a parking lot after Eid prayers on August 31 killing at least four people adn wounding 10 others in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said. PHOTO: AFP Local residents gather at the site of a car bomb blast in Quetta on August 31, 2011. A car bomb on August 31 killed at least four people and wounded 10 others in the restive southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, police said. PHOTO: AFP

A powerful blast killed at least 11 and injured 13 others when a bomb was detonated on Gulistan Road  in the Murriabad area of  Quetta on Wednesday.

Capital City Police Officer Quetta (CCPO) Ahsan Mahboob said that the blast was a suicide attack.

Mahboob added that the bomber was driving a car laden with about 40kg of explosives. The attacker targeted a Shia congregation that was offering Eid prayers in a mosque. The bomb was detonated when the people were returning home after Eid prayers.

Earlier, Home Secretary Naseebullah Bazai said that it is not confirmed whether it was suicide attack or if the explosive device was planted in the car.

Bazai added that officials are collecting evidence from the blast site.

A police official said that it may be a sectarian attack as it took place in a Shia dominant area.

Some of the injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital and Bolan Medical College for treatment. Others were rushed to the Provincial Sandeman Hospital through private vehicles and Edhi. Five people succumbed to their injuries.

The blast also destroyed 10 cars and several houses in the vicinity.

Authorities fear a rise in the number of casualties and have declared an emergency at the Civil Hospital after the incident.

Police have cordoned off the area and investigations are underway.

The Shia community of Quetta has announced that it will observe seven days of mourning to condemn the attack.

Members of the Shiite community also gathered and staged a protest at the site of the blast where they chanted slogans against the government.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • Bilal
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:29AM

    In this day and age with Pakistan facing so many challenges there is no place for ethnic and religious violence!Recommend

  • Aadersh
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:30AM

    What the hell…Let us b happy on EId atleast..


  • faraz
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:34AM

    Sectarian terrorists wont even spare them on eid


  • Farzan
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:38AM

    Not even on Eid day shall there be peace :'(


  • Pakistani
    Aug 31, 2011 - 10:45AM

    These people do not even let the people celebrate Eid.Recommend

  • M Atif Ali
    Aug 31, 2011 - 11:31AM

    your story is unathentic


  • pardesi
    Aug 31, 2011 - 11:42AM

    CANNOT BELIEVE THIS. On a festival day????


  • Aug 31, 2011 - 12:18PM

    When will this madness end?


  • rajab
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:34PM

    I belong to the same Hazara tribe(not to be mixed with the Hazarewals of KPK) which is the victim of this and several other blasts and target killing incidents in the recent past,targeting people from all walks of life including the common fruit-seller to sportsmen and politicians.Behind most of these tragical incidents there is only one banned rightist organization that is the Lashkar e Janghvi (LeJ) who claim responsibility of these attacks. Despite the so-called ban being imposed on these extremist outfits,they continue to target innocent people on sectarian and ethnic grounds which indeed puts a big question mark on the role of law enforcement agencies. There is three-day eid fair arranged for small children a few walks away from the target-point where hundreds of them participate and its highly likely that target may have been this eid fair.And had this plan succeeded,scores of innocent children would have fallen prey to these ruthless killers.
    So I ask,when is the government and the concerned authorities gonna act and provide people their due share of peace and security???


  • A Muslim
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:38PM

    What an intolerable society have we become. Heinous act, loathsome to say the least, on a day, the significance of which is NOT limited to cast, colour, creed or one sect. All I can say is SHAMEFUL, the perpetrators of these acts have no god!


    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:41PM

    Pakistan was created for well being and safety of the whole Muslim community of the un-divided India but to what consequences, when one of its community is being targeted on Eid the most holy festival of the Muslims. We are proud that our Indian Muslim brothers and sisters of all communities are fully secured and celebrating ‘Eid’ with gaiety, peace and harmony.


  • M. A. Changezi
    Aug 31, 2011 - 12:44PM

    My heart goes to the family and friends of the victims. Recommend

  • Qudsia
    Aug 31, 2011 - 1:26PM

    10 more families devastated. 10 more stories of heart wrenching pain written into the history of this land. WHEN will this madness end?


  • malik
    Aug 31, 2011 - 1:44PM

    “When will this madness end?”

    It won’t. Eid Mubarak !!!


  • Basit
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:24PM

    I want to say and participate in the mourning of the hazara people today that these terrorists will be INSHAALLAH finished when Allah Almighty would want because their artificial Jihad wont be accepted against the muslims(Hazara).


  • Sahira
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:44PM

    RIP the dead.

    @ Johar

    Rather than using comments section for point scoring, why don’t you offer some condolences?

    Don’t worry about us. We don’t question our existence day in and day out. Every country faces hardship. It”s not new. It will pass.


  • AN
    Aug 31, 2011 - 2:46PM

    Sad! Looks like the case of militant outfit.


  • Aug 31, 2011 - 2:57PM


    Though I do not belong to the Hazara community yet I feel immense pain for sufferings of Hazaras Recommend

  • Aug 31, 2011 - 2:57PM

    @malik: shame on you…instigating violence on innocent people


  • Aug 31, 2011 - 3:02PM


    You are indirectly justifying the killings by the maniac false jihadis. Whatever Johar said carries a lot of weight.


    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:19PM

    You seem to have mis-interpretted my comments. My sincere apologies for not offering condolences in my initial comments but nevertheless they were always there in my heart for those who lost their near and dear ones on this holy day. However, your concluding remarks makes me feel more sad because you didnt speak for your goodself only but for many in Pakistan. May God/Allah bring peace and hamony in your country soon. God bless you. Regards. R S Johar New Delhi.


  • Kallu Mama
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:36PM

    Yes and I hope they don’t blame India, not that India is anyway bothered, but i am afraid Pak shall sweep the real problem under the carpet and hat problem is rise of exclusivist brand of Islam which says a particular class of Muslims are most pure and Pious and rest other Muslims are shirk and heretics and they deserve to die.

    Unless and until Pak grapples with this issue- there is absolutely no hope

    Eid Mubarak to all citizens of Pakistan , may there be light and peace in your lives

    Kallu Mama


  • fools of pakistan taliban are giving bad name
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:39PM

    wikipedia-pakistan taliban is supported by india

    news in rediff.com

    Wikileaks: Did India support Pakistani Taliban?
    Last updated on: August 31, 2011 10:20 IST

    the fools of pakistan taliban are giving bad name


  • Kallu Mama
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:48PM

    I don’t think Sahira is justifying the killings, she is does not want Indians to score brownie points – which is perfectly OK as all of of Pakistanis (except some few from lunatic fringes like LeJ , Let , TTP brand of islamists) are feeling aghast at this brutalityRecommend

  • Rahul
    Aug 31, 2011 - 3:57PM


    It was sure not to score any points.

    As another Indian and most importantly another human being, my heart goes out to all those innocents who lost their lives. Something as heinous as this on a day of festivity is indeed sad.

    Let us put an end to this hostility and hatred which starts with questioning even an otherwise innocent motive.


  • j.akbarAUS
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:05PM

    @sahira I think all Johar was trying to highlight the fact that Pakistan is supposed to be a kind of safe haven for Muslim but it has in fact become the opposite in some cases. Everyone’s comments have merit even if they do not outline what it is you wish to hear. May the families of the victims find some comfort in their time of need. R.I.P.


  • NM
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:07PM

    I strongly condemn this attack, the killer of innocent people, aren’t belong to any religions, they trying to destabilize the country and fulfill their boss aims. I am praying to the victims families may Allah bless them and provide them spirit of patience.


  • Pundit
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:23PM

    My heart weeps for the families that lost a loved one…it doesnt matter whether I am an Indian ora Pakistani. We are meree mortal human beings……

    I have a suggestion that the Federal Govt in Pakistan should form a dedicated organisation that compensates the families who lose a bread winner in all such violent incidents …a reasonable sum of money. All such awards should be listed on their websites and free education and reserved employment should be made available. Call it the Shaheed Mouhtrama Bhutto Benevolence Fund.


  • john
    Aug 31, 2011 - 4:58PM

    As i always say.. Separate state and religion…. these two never go hand in hand… The more you get inside religion, the more you will suffer..


  • Arzoo
    Aug 31, 2011 - 5:07PM

    @Sahira: Wow Sahira, why this hatred??? Johar Sahib is a friend who originates from Chakwal from our part of Punjab and is genuinely interested and concerned with the happenings in the land of his origin. He is raising a very valid point that we, as Pakistanis, should seriously consider. The point is that Pakistan’s raison d’etre was the safety and security of Muslims in a Muslim land and yet, one segment of our population is so mercilessly targeted and annihilated by our own on the holy occasion of Eid. And in contrast, in India the Muslims are enjoying Eid in safety and security guaranteed by the State. So in which part of the sub-continent is Pakistan’s purpose of establihment truly present and firmly rooted. While you may not completely agree with his premise, his point is not without merit. One of the greatness of a nation is the ability to self-criticize. Please consider it.


  • Steven
    Aug 31, 2011 - 5:27PM

    @R S JOHAR: Just because all Muslim countries from Libya to Tunisia to Egypt to Syria to Yemen to Somalia to Afghanistan to Pakistan have challenges does not mean they do not deserve independence. Save your tricks and snide comments for your Indian friends. Yes there are challenges in Pakistan as there are in all Muslim countries but we will work them out in time. As for much of the violence in Pakistan, it is orchestrated by Indian agents working with their lackeys in Afghanistan. As for state terrorism in Kashmir, you people have mastered this for the past 60 odd years.


  • A-Paki-Civilian
    Aug 31, 2011 - 5:53PM



  • Tribune Reader
    Aug 31, 2011 - 6:27PM

    How do we know these murderous and power hungry baloch seperatist traitors arent behind this?


  • kasim.lahore
    Aug 31, 2011 - 6:28PM

    @R S JOHAR:

    Agree with you. I am occasionally visiting India to meet my relatives in Mumbai and Meerut, UP.

    Believe me.. I am not exaggerating or overrating.. Myself felt more safe in Mumbai than in Karachi.

    Inshallah it should happen in Karachi also.


  • Marc
    Aug 31, 2011 - 6:30PM

    I am just waiting for someone to say…Islam is a religion of Peace and some people have hijacked it for their own personal ends….


  • Mateus
    Aug 31, 2011 - 8:46PM

    My sincere condolences to the families who suffered the loss of their dear and near.
    I am sorry to say that the more I try to understand Pakistan the more I get confused. Not even on Eid someone stop having killing thoughts. I do not understand what is going on in the country of Faiz and Fraz.


  • hazara girl
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:14PM

    This iz happen in our place o my Allah the almighty please save hazara people v have no more strenght to give our beloved one o my GOd please help us out 4rm diz bad sitiution. diz tarorists make life of us difficult today is eid day but here :(i saw at morning da boys girls men women full in blood dead bodies n injured on eid day my heart is crying for there families govt not supporting us what to do… please GOd help us i dont no what is our fault..


  • Birbal
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:18PM

    RIP. All this death and distruction has not yet moved the nation. I wonder , how many more have to die until your government and army decides to act on the terror network. I am really surprised that , no one seem to be questioning the government or the army ? Why are they not stopping this madness ? Why the civil society does not care ? Why there is no public anger against this madness ? How many more tears to wake you up ?

    Eid Mubarak


  • A.Rehman
    Aug 31, 2011 - 9:58PM

    Until & unless we all unite, irrespective of sects & languages, against our common/hidden enemies, we shall not be able to save the innocent people of Pakistan. Our deepest condolence for the families of martyred & may Allah send all the bombers/terrorists & their masterminds/supporters to the hell. Amen!!!


  • My Name is Khan
    Aug 31, 2011 - 11:09PM

    @ Sahira – you totally miss Johar’s point. He is making a very valid point that it is very disheartening that the land that was created to protect Muslims is only here to protect Salafi-Wahabis and everyone else can get lost. We don’t respect human rights. That’s not about being Muslim or not Muslim. There are plenty of wonderful Muslim nations which protect human rights. There are plenty of wonderful non-Muslim nations where Muslims feel safe.

    Pakistan is not safe for Muslims or non-Muslims. We MUST shut down the terrorists. Use all the drones required to destroy them. We must shut off their funding. We must shut down the extremist madrassas. We must make sure our textbooks teach the truth and not religious hatred. We must stop believing crazy people like Zaid Hamid.

    That’s what Johar is saying.


  • Aug 31, 2011 - 11:48PM

    The senseless acts of violence continue even on the rejoicing day of Eid. Our condolences go out to the families of the victims. Does this latest attack not remind us that the goal of the terrorist organizations is to push Pakistan further into chaos and fear? These terrorists are responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent Pakistanis. Could we even begin to imagine the loss parents, family members, siblings and friends feel? Conspiracy theorists continue in their attempt to hide reality and mislead us into believing that the so called Mujahidin are fighting a war of liberation… by killing their own people? The real truth, dear readers, is that it is terrorists like these who target Muslim gatherings at mosques, markets, bus stations, banks, and shrines, to claim the maximum number of innocent lives. Isn’t creating mayhem and terror their only objective? Don’t the terrorists boastfully take credit for bombings without remorse? We say again… peace can only prevail when these terrorists, the enemies of humanity, are destroyed. It is being done so our coming generations does not have to live in constant fear.


  • Mastishhk
    Sep 1, 2011 - 1:14AM

    Let us for once be ready to introspect and find and address the ills that are ailing our nation instead of blaming everyone including India, USa, Israel, Jews…..!!!


  • epicurus
    Sep 1, 2011 - 1:15AM

    there was a bomb blast on both pakistan’s independence day as well as on the day of eid-ul-fitre. what does thi mean? to be frank, it means pakistan is suffering from an acute identity crisis. it is neither at peace with itself in the sense of being a modern free state/republic(as evident from the trouble on independence day) nor is it at peace with itself in the religious sphere (as evident by this blast today) , which was the sole reason for the creation of this sectarian state of pakistan.


  • A.Rehman
    Sep 1, 2011 - 1:29AM

    Act of barbarism & Satanic. Until & unless we all unite, irrespective of sects & languages, against our common/hidden enemies, we shall not be able to save the innocent people of Pakistan. Our deepest condolence for the families of martyred & may Allah send all the bombers/terrorists & their masterminds/supporters to the hell.


  • Arindom
    Sep 1, 2011 - 2:18AM

    Shame on you – are are justifying these heinous crimes??


  • S e n o r M
    Sep 1, 2011 - 5:14AM


    Islam is a religion of peace. The people killed in this attack were Muslims, offering their prayers……………. Recommend

  • rehmat
    Sep 1, 2011 - 5:37AM

    “10 more families devastated. 10 more stories of heart wrenching pain written into the history of this land. WHEN will this madness end?”

    It will end when al Pakistanis will unite to fight common enemies like hunger, illiteracy, corruption, unemployment which have no language, religion or ethnicity. The energy to fight these scourges will come when you stop trying to rid the world of kafirs by defining anyone with different beliefs as a kafir.


  • Ali Raza Hazara
    Sep 1, 2011 - 8:14AM

    Oh my god Plz save us, they even don’t want that we should be happy in our eid. our hazara are being killed. what is our fault????? Our fault is we are shia, that’s why?? our fault is we are hazara, that’s why???


  • Ronny
    Sep 1, 2011 - 2:44PM

    not point scoring surely..just an eye opener as to what living in “harmony” is all about!!


  • Danial
    Sep 1, 2011 - 4:11PM

    I feel sorry for the innocent hazaras who lost their loved ones.
    God may rest their soul in peace.


  • manish rohera
    Sep 1, 2011 - 4:13PM

    my sincere condolences to all there in pakistan
    & also a home to my ancestry(sindh)
    karachi has become a blood bath in recent year
    i hope that all of pakistanis and indians should nt die such disgusting deaths
    god’s justice will prevail all the terrorist should remember the faces of those killed in such incidents and especially there family


  • Kaleem Ullah Khan
    Sep 2, 2011 - 12:47AM

    @Sahira: I smell the sense of arrogance and hatred in ur post!


  • Sep 2, 2011 - 7:58PM

    @ RI

    You are right to some extent. As the governments are not bothered of such a serious issue of killing of innocent people then, whatever the consequences may be, not only Hazaras but all the peace loving citizens would have to join in and fight back with these religious terrorists.


  • ati
    Sep 2, 2011 - 9:09PM

    this all have only one solution to be true muslim n sheya just call immam mehdi (a.S) to come n to save us just he can save ur bas labaaik ya immam (a.s)


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