Blast at ANP rally in Nowshera kills five, injures 27

Published: February 27, 2012

NOWSHERA: At least five people lost their lives while 27 others sustained injuries when a bomb went off after the Awami National Party’s (ANP) rally ended in Nowshera on Monday, police confirmed.

According to Express News, the blast took place as soon as Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti took off in a helicopter after addressing the rally. The blast took place 50 metres away from the site of the rally.

Express News correspondent Yasir Ali reported that the participants of the rally, thousands in number, were leaving the venue when the blast took place. Eyewitnesses said that some police officials also became a victim of the incident.

Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Iftikhar Hussain confirmed that five people had died, while 27 had been injured. The dead bodies had been shifted to Lady Reading Hospital.

The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS), after inspecting the site, revealed that an explosives-laden motorcycle with about 3-4kgs explosives was parked by the roadside. The bomb was detonated with a remote-control, and it was not a suicide attack, confirmed BDS officials.

ANP leader Haji Adeel, talking to Express News, condemned the attack and expressed grief over the people who their lives in the incident. He said that his party was “totally against terrorism”.

Commenting on the security arrangements of the rally, Adeel said that if the security was not adequate enough then the blast would have taken place inside the rally instead of 50metres away.

Express News correspondent Jahanzaib Khattak reported that the miscreants were trying to take the motorcycle to the helipad but detonated the bomb when the police tried to stop the vehicle.

He added that two police officials were also among the dead.

Provincial leader Liaquat Shabab paid condolences to the families of the deceased and paid tribute to the police officials for laying their lives in order to avoid “an even worse possible incident”.

ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour termed such incidents as an “international conspiracy” and said that such incidents are pulling people away from Islam.

Rescue operation is underway at the site while the injured and the dead were shifted to different hospitals. Hospital officials said that at least 15 people sustained injuries in the attack.

Around 5,000 participants were present at the rally, as well as several other party leaders.

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Reader Comments (21)

  • mohammad fajim
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:28PM

    men never commit evil so easily as when they do it out of religious much more will our people suffer because of the religious bigotry in our country?


  • Feb 27, 2012 - 3:28PM

    Time to end all operations and start dialogue with these extremists by forcing them to go back to their origin=>Afghanistan that’s the only way to ensure peace,Recommend

  • Truthteller
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Just another day in Pakistan…. Move along.. Nothing extra-ordinary..


  • Realist
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:47PM

    Good job!!


  • kamran
    Feb 27, 2012 - 3:56PM

    Come lets bash USA and talk to our Taliban Brothers!


  • Zeta
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:11PM

    TTP at it again.


  • Tahir
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:13PM

    Security lapse and governments failure to tackle terrorism for several years. Incompetent rulers should be held responsible.


  • Pakistani
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:18PM

    Now Liberal Fascists will start commenting against the religious people.


  • Feb 27, 2012 - 4:34PM

    A big LOL at “International Conspiracy”.


  • never learn
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:34PM

    @Pakistan politics:
    stop blaming Afghanistan, Pakistan has more responsibility than any other


  • MarkH
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:45PM

    “ANP leader Ghulam Ahmed Bilour termed such incidents as an “international conspiracy” and said that such incidents are pulling people away from Islam.”

    I had real sympathy right up until that part.


  • Bataan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 4:57PM

    ANP will not gain the sympathies of the people whatsoever.


  • Iron hand
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:20PM

    It IS an international conspiracy. The conspirators live in Saudi Arabia, Quatar, Dubai, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia…


  • RAW
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:24PM

    Great, so you know them, can you plz tell us their addresses???


  • Khan
    Feb 27, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Sad for the human losses. Its inhumane and Anyone who is killed irrespective of religion, caste , creed, political affiliation, should be sympathized with.


  • Mohammad
    Feb 27, 2012 - 7:21PM

    @Iron hand The conspirators live in India and Israel


  • SIR
    Feb 27, 2012 - 8:36PM

    why there is no tough,very tough security arrangements.

    when will learn from past mistakes


  • Feb 27, 2012 - 9:36PM

    Another attack leading to yet more death and destruction. Incapable of building anything, the desperate and cowardly terrorists continue to inflict as much damage as possible. Our condolences go out to the families of innocent victims and brave police officers who gave their lives to stop the terrorist from inflicting more pain. Now is the time to work closely together to completely eliminate the menace of terror from the region. Together we have achieved much in the past. We need to go back to the basics of cooperation so that peace can be achieved and the region can prosper without the fear of terrorism.

    Maj David Nevers
    DET-United States Central Command


  • Mirza
    Feb 28, 2012 - 1:48AM

    It is ironic that how much hate exist against the liberal, nationalist and secular parties in Pakistan. They are always the target of terrorists, fascists and hate mongers. Most all attacks are against ANP, PPP and Baloch nationalists, while the rightwing parties and their cronies enjoy good safe life in Pakistan. Yet the hate always targeted toward the liberal victims.


  • hammad
    Feb 28, 2012 - 4:28AM

    Where are the beghairats who post photos on facebook about the US, asking ‘Who is the real terrorist’? Shame on your intellectual abilities if you can’t tell who are real terrorists.


  • maiden
    Feb 28, 2012 - 7:15AM


    Very easy to have your spies carry out these attacks and then write such meaningful yet meaningless things. Pakistan does not need any assistance from America out of all countries in the world to fight terrorism. We all know what goes around. Cheers.


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