Militancy in Mansehra?: Bomb targeting CD shop injures passerby

Out of four, two IEDs partially exploded while the other two did not.

Muhammad Sadaqat July 30, 2012


A passerby was seriously injured on Sunday when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off outside a CD shop located near a bus terminal here.

Station House Officer Khurshid Khan Tanoli of the city police station told The Express Tribune that the explosion partially damaged the shop. The police found four explosives in total out of which two exploded partially while the two unexploded devices were recovered and defused by the bomb disposal squad.

The police later claimed that as the bomb, a timed device, could not go off properly there was no loss of life and property.

Upon hearing the explosion, the people in the terminal called the police who cordoned off the area.

Tanoli told The Express Tribune that the miscreants had planted four IEDs, two inside the showcase of closed CD shop and one in a CPU that was placed at a small distance from the showcase. He added that the IEDs were made out of a water supply pipe joint that was fitted with a time device.

However, luckily only the explosive powder from the joint exploded which lowered the chances of major damage. Two of the devices were still intact and were later defused by the bomb disposal squad. Every joint carried around 200 to 300 grams of explosives, according to Tanoli.

The injured was identified as fruit vendor Adnan Mashkoor. The explosion caused him several injuries and burns and lost him his finger. However, according to the hospital sources he was out of danger.

However the SHO in reply to a question said that the nature of injuries that Adnan suffered has made him a suspect.

“We are still investigating the matter and would reach the culprits soon” Tanoli said. Nevertheless he also added that there were intelligence reports that the Taliban might have carried out the attack.

The police have registered criminal case against unknown persons under sections 3/4Explosive Act, 7 ATA, 324 and 327 of the PPC.

On March 15 this year, a self-proclaimed offshoot of the Taliban had threatened to blow up CD shops, net cafés, cable network operators’ offices, NGO offices and all those educational institutions offering co-education in the district.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 30th, 2012.