Terror descends upon the Darbar

At least 37 people were killed and another 175 injured in a series of suicide bomb attacks that rocked the Data Darbar.

Rana Tanveer/express July 02, 2010

At least 42 people were killed and another 175 injured in a series of suicide bomb attacks  that rocked the Data Darbar complex late on Thursday, officials and hospital workers said. The first blast occurred in the courtyard of the Darbar shrine at 11:00pm.

The blasts tore through the shrine complex when scores of people were offering prayers in the Data Darbar, which sits in one of the city’s most crowded neighbourhoods.  On Thursdays, devotees usually  spend the whole night at the Darbar in anticipation of blessing.  Some 3,000 people were present in the Darbar complex at the time of the attacks.

Sajjad Bhutta, the district coordination officer in Lahore, told reporters that all the three explosions were caused by suicide attackers.

While security officials confirmed that the first blast was caused by a suicide attacker, they refused to speculate about the other explosions.

Scenes of panic were witnessed soon after the explosions as people scrambled to reach the different exit points of the complex. Several lives were lost in the stampedes that followed the blasts, officials and eyewitnesses said.

One official said that the stampedes may have caused more deaths than the actual blasts.  “It is too early to say anything about the nature of the second and third blasts,” a police official was quoted as telling reporters. Initial reports suggested that the explosions were set off by “crackers” and were “probably of low intensity”.

The city’s hospitals were pushed to the limit as a number of injured people were rushed to Mayo Hospital, Ganga Ram Hospital and the Services Hospital. Most of the injured were in a critical condition.

Hospital officials have appealed for blood donations for the victims of the blasts.

Policemen combed the site of the blast and reported having found a grenade shell. This led to speculation that one of the blasts was probably caused by a grenade.

Police superintendent Raja Ayaz Saleem said the first and third blasts occurred in the courtyard of the shrine complex while the second explosion went off in the basement of the building.   According to Saleem, the body parts of a suicide attacker were found almost 70 feet away from the site.

In addition to the body parts, security officials have also found a suicide jacket.  Commissioner Khusro Pervez confirmed that 15-kilogram explosives were found in the two suicide vests used in the attacks.  Ball-bearings were also used by the attackers, he said.

“Terrorists managed to enter the area because of the massive rush,” the administrator of the shrine said in response to queries about security arrangements at the shrine.

“Two days before the attack , we held discussions with the police about security arrangements at the shrine complex,” he told reporters. According to reports, security personnel had carried out an operation near the complex while following up on leads that terrorists were plotting an attack.

Officials said that the heads of two suspected suicide bombers had been recovered. Following the blasts, people gathered outside the shrine and protested against the government for not providing security. Police resorted to aerial firing.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2010


Aali Zaidi | 11 years ago | Reply Infact this is idiological warfare, which needed to be address idiologically, when Shia muslims were continuesly targetted since 1980, it was called as sectarin violence and Now the pakistan's majority Sunni muslim are at target. What would you call them?, will you simply call as "marney waley musalman nahi ho saktay"!!. The hatred breed in pakistan is so strong that they can even bomb anyone, whoever is wrong in their eyes. The spreaders of the love are bombed, the shrine which is feeding faith and food (spitural knowledge) to the Human beings are targeted by the those misfortuned who have played with Islam, in a similar fashion as they did in the Karbala with Imam Husain a.s and with his family. Love to human being is real meaning of Islam, and this reality is narrowed by the thinking that Islam only loves Muslims. Why don't we understand that the sanctity of the Human life is more precious then the sanctity of the Kaaba'. Lets again read our history, we have made warriars as our heros but those who always spreaded the peace the Knowlegde to mankind are neglected.
Sageattar | 11 years ago | Reply Aslam u alaikum, Its a realy painful incident for all of us. I want to disscuss about the CCTV photage in which the men who was suspected suicider shown in Dawateislami's getup its very mean some people want to destroy the image of Dawateislami in front of whole world. Its easy to buy the turban and white suite to fulfill your pupose. Our leader is very clear in his statement by saying that one who will pick up the stone during a protest (dawateislami is against those protest which damages the property of people and gov) is not from dawateislami. So i want to letyou people know that Dawateislami has only one purpose that is spreading of Sunnah to whole world.
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