Balochistan insurgency: Blast near Baloch politician’s home kills 13

Published: December 31, 2011
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A man stands covered in dust and blood after arriving to a hospital from the scene of a explosion in Quetta PHOTO: REUTERS

A man stands covered in dust and blood after arriving to a hospital from the scene of a explosion in Quetta PHOTO: REUTERS

QUETTA: At least 13 people, among them women and children, were killed in a powerful explosion near the residence of a local politician in Quetta, on Friday evening.

“A car packed with around 50 kilogammes of explosives exploded in front of the house of Shafiq Mengal, the son of a former federal minister Naseer Mengal, on the Abab Karam Road,” Deputy Inspector General of Police Nazir Kurd told reporters.

However, police said the Mengal family remained safe.

The banned tribal militant group, Baloch Liberation Army, reportedly claimed responsibility for, what it called, the first suicide attack by the outfit.

The entire city of Quetta was rocked by the explosion which was heard within a radius of several kilometres. A house and several cars parked nearby were gutted in the fire triggered by the blast. Windowpanes of scores of houses and shops on Arbab Karam Khan Road, Saryab Road and surrounding neighbourhoods were smashed by the impact of the blast.

Police said the majority of the dead were passers-by, making it even harder to piece together what happened.

“We are facing difficulties to know about the nature of the blast because many of the witnesses who were present at the scene have been killed,” said Kurd.

Soon after the blast, private guards hired by Shafiq Mengal opened fire and gunshots rang out at the scene for up to half an hour, according to AFP.

A photo journalist for a local news agency was wounded by the firing in the chaotic aftermath of the blast.

Until late in the night rescuers sifted through the rubbles in a desperate search for survivors and bodies of victims.

Heavy contingents of police and paramilitary Frontier Corps troops threw a security cordon around the area as rescuers shifted the casualties to the Provincial Sandeman Hospital where a state of emergency was declared.

“We have shifted 13 bodies, including a woman and two children, to hospitals,” Babul, a rescuer, told The Express Tribune.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (41)

  • Khan.
    Dec 30, 2011 - 7:52PM

    Oh Allah! Have mercy on us.

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  • correct option
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:02PM

    Save us Allah and Forgive Us for we have been cruel to ourselves.

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  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:28PM

    A natural consequence of overblown jihad….

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  • hell
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:29PM

    helll!!, i don’t want sad and RIPs, all I want is do something and results.

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  • Tahir Saleem
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:46PM

    ….Please, Please stop this. Pakistan is dying. Where has is our humanity.

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  • Max
    Dec 30, 2011 - 8:56PM

    So sad. Shows incompetence of the state in handling violence. Well! they nourished it . Where was that damn strategic vision when you jumped on the board without thinking of consequences? Recommend

  • Dec 30, 2011 - 10:14PM

    Tribune’s Balochistan page is filled with Killing and Bombing news. May God show mercy on this part of the world.

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  • ProudPakistani
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:06PM

    Balochistan is burning…waiting for a Messiah..

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  • Pakistani
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:17PM

    @Max: it shows how well the outsiders (USA..Indian..and some other countries) are doing at killing pakistanis and causing chaos in the country..one thing for sure is pakistans survival..and death to evil..all of u who get happy hearing this kinda news..get this..all this won’t last for ever..what u all gonna do when the monster is out..???Recommend

  • Mard-e-Haq
    Dec 30, 2011 - 11:48PM

    @Pakistani,

    I generally I have little patience for Indian sarcasms posted here, but your conspiratorial reference to the US, India and “some other countries” as being behind these blasts defies the imagination. Are they the ones perpetrating karo kari? Are they the ones blowing up schools? Are they the ones turning our madrassas into militant incubators? What about the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai?

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  • Roflcopter
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:59AM

    ISI needs to increase its operations in Balochistan to stop these BLA terrorists.

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  • Farhan Khan
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:10AM

    “Fight hard if you can fight for your rights, otherwise don’t let your Mothers weep for nothing.” A statement from Atta Ullah Mengal to the insurgents in Balochistan. This Blast, is probably a sign of the worsening situation. Govt, if you really exist in country, please address the real issues of Balochistan. We Do not want another Bangladesh.

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  • Dec 31, 2011 - 1:14AM

    So when do we go to the UN and ask for the US and Afghanistan to be declared ‘Terrorist Sponsoring States’ for sheltering and hiding Baluch terrorist leaders and members such as Brahamdegh Bugti for years, with official knowledge?
    This was revealed in the diplomatic cables released by wikileaksRecommend

  • faraz
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:19AM

    Such blasts will severely undermine Baloch struggle for rights and autonomy

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  • Really Pakhtun
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:20AM

    Pakistan is going to be halfed again. Support for all Baloch victims of ISI and army.

    your pakhtun brotherRecommend

  • Sajida
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:21AM

    Looks like another example of internecine Baloch culture.
    When I was young I was surprised by how due to tribal feuds members would be bumped off.

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  • Someone
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:30AM

    So these Baloch liberation groups kill scores of innocents to achieve their goals? Now I get why we should murder these animals before they get us!

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  • Usman
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:35AM

    Pakistan has missed its train. It looks like another partition is on the way be it FATA or Balochistan.

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  • Danish
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:41AM

    Huuummmm, The timing of this attack, on the same day, the decision about memogate comes out, after one day of Dr. Baqi’s brutal murder. huuuummmmm.

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  • Raja
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:51AM

    Baluchistan is yearning for freedom. OPppressed baluchi brothers shouldcontinuethe freedom struggle.

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  • Ali
    Dec 31, 2011 - 1:52AM

    Looks like US aid money is now flowing in to balochistan.

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  • liberal
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:01AM

    There should be a military op against baloch terrorists just like against the ttp.

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  • Changezi
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:09AM

    This incident has nothing to do with Jihad. It is done by the Baloch nationalist outfit BLA. They demand due share in everything from the incompetent state.

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  • Paki-Australian
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:10AM

    Absolutely agree with Murd-e-Haq!

    Outsiders need not do or organize anything when Pakistan itself is speeding down the path of destruction. Indian & US actually need a stable Pakistan to progress.

    Stop the blame game. Pointing fingers at outsider does nothing to improve the situation. Please!!

    Sincere condolences for the poor innocent children women & men who died.

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  • ProudBaloch
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:32AM

    It is a conspiracy hatched by the establishment to defame the legitimate grievances and struggle for the demand of baloch’s rights and justice..

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  • Show
    Dec 31, 2011 - 2:56AM

    India. Agencies exporting weapons and training via Afghanistan
    Suicide bombing ? The Same bla which wants the right to bury girls alive

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  • dr atif
    Dec 31, 2011 - 4:38AM

    i personally know the target and had been in some form combating this BLA its all against baloch rights and freedom . baloch brothers are simple and BLA is a fanatic brain washed ppl who are working for american indian and israeli interests …….may Allah save the patriotic pakistanis aameenRecommend

  • Umer
    Dec 31, 2011 - 5:25AM

    Good, blame it on BLA.

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  • Umer
    Dec 31, 2011 - 6:47AM

    @Roflcopter:

    ISI needs to increase its operations
    in Balochistan to stop these BLA
    terrorists

    It’s these actions of the security forces against Baluchis that has caused this reaction. Nothing has been learned form Bengladesh. Same old method of using extreme force to oppress own people causing them to react and yearn for freedom.

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  • Badshah
    Dec 31, 2011 - 7:44AM

    When will Pakistan get as angry at these wonderful Taliban, as they are at the US?

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  • Raj - USA
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:04AM

    @dr atif:

    To some extent I can understand Pakistan’s hatred for India and USA and they blame for everything on India and USA. However, I totally fail to understand why Israel is also blamed. Can anyone give a single example as to how Israel has harmed Pakistan ? Has any Mossad agents been found in Pakistan or has Israel attacked Pakistan at any time ?

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  • Confused
    Dec 31, 2011 - 10:24AM

    So BLA is killing its own people so that people in Punjab can notice its complaints. Is it just me or this whole thing is wrong

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  • zafar
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:10AM

    @Editor. No analysis what were their motives of targeting shafiq mengal. What all is narrated in this news report was already broadcast on all the news channels. Nothing new, no insight the reporters could provide.

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  • Abdul Maalik
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:11AM

    @Raj-USA
    I give you the example.Israel and india joined hands with each other in 1984 to destroy the Nuclear program of Pakistan, in the same way as Israel did with Iraq.Also, there have been billions of dollar deals between india and Israel.What this romance is all about?

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  • Saliha
    Dec 31, 2011 - 11:52AM

    @ Raj-USA: I wonder if you can understand Pakistan’s hatred towards America then you should automatically set into the hard core fact that America and Israel are not separated from eachother. Today , Isreal is earning more from America-like supporters, including Saudi Arabia that is a Dog being fetched by Isreal and America. These Three countries makes a triangle of Association. If Today all muslim countries are in danger , just because of these Evil , War-Mongers who want to suck up the remaining blood of Muslim Countries.
    There are many other keep-wars aside proofs for America, Isreal and Saudi to be best Friends.

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  • Harry Stone
    Dec 31, 2011 - 12:03PM

    @Abdul Maalik:

    You over looked the fact that the main reason this did not happen was because of the US.

    I am sure today the US considers not allowing this attack to be one of its major policy mistakes

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  • Khan Bhai
    Dec 31, 2011 - 3:52PM

    BLA is terrorist organization and full force should be used against these goons. Get rid of them.

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  • Hu Jintao
    Jan 1, 2012 - 12:19AM

    BLA is well known terrorist organization supported by indians and other enemies of Pakistan. Their head i believe resides in Britain.

    just zip it if you think its a conspiracy.

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  • Maria
    Jan 1, 2012 - 10:19PM

    @Mard-e-Haq: It’s a well known fact that India is using their puppet state of Afghanistan as a base to commit terror and crime in Pakistan. You forget that killing innocent Pakistanis is nothing new for these agents. After all India has been terrorizing occupied Kashmir for over 50 years.

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  • Adnan Gujjar
    Jan 4, 2012 - 1:55AM

    180 million of us Pakistanis are willing to go to Balochistan to fight BLA terrorists. There is no way we will let another part of Pakistan break away, we would rather nuke all of Balochistan before it breaks away from Pakistan.

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  • x.y.z
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:43PM

    it is always easier said then done. Dnt need to be so emotional. Jst b humanbeing f ur, nd thnk nd say normaly nd positive…@Adnan Gujjar:
    @Sajida:

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