Blast in Darra Adamkhel market kills 15, several injured

Published: October 13, 2012
Officials say anti-Taliban, pro-government militia targeted in attack. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Officials say anti-Taliban, pro-government militia targeted in attack. PHOTO: EXPRESS

KOHAT: At least 15 people were killed and several were injured in a bomb blast at the main market of Darra Adamkhel on Saturday, security officials said.

Rescue efforts were initiated and the injured were shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Security forces cordoned off the area and a search operation was initiated.

Being the main market of the area, Firdous Market was crowded when the bomb blast took place.

Reuters reported that the incident was a suicide bombing while Express News reported that the bomb was planted in a mini truck.

The target of the attack in the town of Darra Adam Khel appeared to be members of a pro-government militia created to fight Taliban militants, the officials said, adding that the death toll may rise because scores of people were wounded.

The Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Darra Adamkhel spokesperson, who called from an undisclosed location, said the group had nothing to do with the explosion.

“Innocent people were killed, we condole with the families,” Muhammad Afridi told The Express Tribune. “We do not target marketplaces.”

At least 10 shops were also destroyed in the blast and many vehicles were damaged.

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Reader Comments (30)

  • PS
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:29AM

    Another brave and holy act of TTP?


  • Faisal Khan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:40AM

    yes for op in N Waz…Recommend

  • vasan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:41AM

    Mr IK, whose jihad is it. Do u support such “jihadi” acts inside pakistan??


  • Hassaan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:44AM

    Yup. Go on. IK has done it. Right? Literally Sick of these comments on twitter. The problem is – our intellectuals won’t get famous if they don’t criticize IK. He REPEATEDLY condemned these cowardly acts by Taliban. And yes, he NAMED them too. Open your eyes and see the reality. May Allah forgive their (victims) sins. Ameen.


  • Raw is War
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:28PM

    here we go again…


  • True Muslim Paki
    Oct 13, 2012 - 12:36PM

    Unless we stop drones & WoT, this will never end.
    A insafian


  • Oct 13, 2012 - 12:49PM

    Will we succeed to stop drones and withdraw our support for war on terror by merely passing resolutions from the parliament.The results of this futile exercise is no longer a secrete.


  • Sheikh Gabbar
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:20PM

    Time to use drones more agressively


  • Logic Europe
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:32PM

    I didn’t know these drones fly from Dara adam khel so Taliban are justified in attacking these people…. If it is the government then people should know that Army is not strong enough to stop these attacks and is only saving it honour by allowing drones.


  • rikky(India)
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:37PM

    @True Muslim Paki: Unless you stop supporting terrorism this will continue but definition of terrorism is different in pakistan from rest of the world.


  • Sharif Ali
    Oct 13, 2012 - 1:53PM

    Where is Imran Khan? Why doesn’t he protest Muslims killing Muslims? Won’t get votes if he does it. But he has already lost my vote.Recommend

  • Abid
    Oct 13, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @ sharif ali… bro do u have any political knowledge or may be it is your ignorance..Ik is patriot u really believe Ik supports these TTP Thugs? if u think so consult with some educated elders and ur friends…Is imran Khan representing TTP? Why dont you ask the same thing To Nawaz Bhai? Imran khan talks about solution and not about the problem. If you analyze Imran Khan interview to CNN he has clearly stated if you have to defeat the enemy “Know Your Enemy ” Divide these TTP thugs and selectively take out Anti Pak elements from them through Security forces and local tribal Leaders.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 13, 2012 - 5:18PM

    Yes to N. W. Operation by all at the same time operation against their supporters in entire pakistan . Social surgery is the need of the hour .


  • g
    Oct 13, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Pakistan should fund US drones and we should fill the sky with them. Let’s treat this like the war it is and use massive force to eradicate these barbarians.


  • Oct 13, 2012 - 6:13PM

    TTP denied the allegation.According to them they committed no such act.According to the statement recorded by the TTP spocksman from undisclosed location,TTP avoides to play with lives of innocent people.

    Here is question arising out in the common mind is that who is responsible for this tragic act TTP,Afghan Taliban,are those terrorists organization or groups stationed in Nooristan and other adjacent remote areas in Afghanistan?.

    any groups stationed there who have support of the Karzai goverment called American stooges.
    No need to go far,look into the near future,terrorist activities happened in side Pakistan the groups were found responsible stationed remote areas in Afghanistan.

    Karzai government with strong backe of super power still failed to remove them out.The fact is that they are used for particular purposes.

    Reality of the day is that some concerned quarters and secret hands and particular midset don’t want peace in Pakistan until they gain their purposes.

    Pakistan ,inshallah would remained nuclear power and powerful,no one can it armedless or weak.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:19PM

    No need of carpet bombing , this time a friendy force will be on the ground . Drones will do the required job with minimum loss of life and property ,Recommend

  • d
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:33PM

    these guys are acting like our gestapo!Recommend

  • Altaf Khan
    Oct 13, 2012 - 6:57PM

    rain them drones!Recommend

  • PS
    Oct 13, 2012 - 7:32PM

    “Innocent people were killed, we condole with the families,” Muhammad Afridi told The Express Tribune. “We do not target marketplaces.”

    Don’t we all remember so many occasions when the Talibans have claimed responsibility for bombings in marketplaces in the past.


  • danisha
    Oct 13, 2012 - 8:31PM

    yes yes drones everywhere is the solution. come on people, are you insane or what?. why do we aleays think ttp and not US. Lots of their agents are there in these areas. the ttp said it was not them who was behind this attack. then who?. obviously the US agents to get an exuse to go to NW. Dont you people see it?. If not then maybe its you and your mind like in government and army is the real problem. sorry to say. To Dr.A.K Tewari and his minded supporter: if our houses was droned everyday i would then ask abt your mind and feeling abt it. we have not even been droned and we talk abt killing these people. think abt their state of mind when they(people, children, elders etc) se the effects on the drones live. dont give these illiterate lectures abt drones and killings. And please E.T put it the comments.


  • bmniac
    Oct 13, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Depressing Will this never end?


  • Shan Say
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:16PM

    Altaf should lead MQM workers to TTP areas and subdue the TTP.


  • Peaches
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:40PM

    The Law & order scenario in Pakistan has taken an octogenarian shape. The brave elders of the town, who laid their lives to thwart terror activities of these monsters are commendable. God bless their souls to rest in eternal peace. When the headache becomes incurable through ordinary means then surgery or surgical strikes with full might and will of the State and the nation becomes inevitable.The nation is tired of shouldering dead bodies, be they our respectable tribesmen or an ordinary citizen elsewhere in the country, It is yet to be seen when the State fulfills its obligation towards the masses.


  • Enlightened
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:48PM

    Killing a innocent person is like killing the whole humanity says Koran, so why can’t these barbarians be declared as non-Muslims ?


  • Shan Say
    Oct 13, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Send the terrorists of Karachi to deal with the TTP.


  • Shan Say
    Oct 13, 2012 - 11:00PM

    The TTP is not innocent but it is not a monolithic entity. Several groups claim TTP identity. Sometimes this group does it, sometimes another. Not all TTP groups are free of foreign influence.


  • Oct 13, 2012 - 11:31PM

    For more background

    Shahzeb Jillani
    South Asia Editor, BBC World Service

    Reviving tribal militias is an important part of Pakistani government’s strategy to rally local communities behind the security forces and flush out the Taliban.

    In Darra Adam Khel, the pro-government militia, known as Aman Lashkar or peace committee, is led by Momin Khan Afridi.

    The group is battling a local faction of the Taliban, led by Tariq Afridi, who is currently on the run and thought to be hiding in the tribal region of Waziristan.

    His group is notorious for kidnappings, bombings, as well as leading attacks on Shia Muslims. It has carried out attacks against Pakistani security forces in Khyber and Orakzai tribal regions, and says it was involved in the beheading of the Polish geologist, Piotr Stanczak, in 2009.


  • Jibran
    Oct 14, 2012 - 4:25AM

    Any condemnation from the morally lowest of the lows, (JI, PTI, PML-N, Rightwing journalists who pin everything, and I mean everything on the US)?


  • numbersnumbers
    Oct 14, 2012 - 7:37AM

    And of course you can give us PROOF that “lots of their (US) agents are there in these areas”!
    As for these attacks and the TTP, I would think that after their public relations disaster with Malala they decided to terrorize and kill as before, but now say “It’s not us”!


  • PakShock
    Nov 9, 2012 - 7:59AM

    May the Mother, father, wife or children of Taliban see what their Dad do for A LIVING!


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