13 dead, at least 27 injured in Rawalpindi suicide blast

Published: November 21, 2012
Rescue officials have reached the spot.

Rescue officials have reached the spot.

RAWALPINDI: A suicide bomber blew himself near a mourning procession in Dhok Saeydan, Rawalpindi late on Wednesday night, killing 13, and injuring at least 27 people – including children, Express News reported.

The dead and injured were shifted to the Holy Family Hospital, Benazir, Civil and District Headquarters Hospital where emergency was imposed.

Bomb disposal squad recovered seven hand grenades from the spot and defused them.

Some mourners gathered at the DHQ hospital and protested against the security lapse.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf along with other political leaders condemned the blast. The President and the Prime Minister have sought reports on the incident from concerned officials.

End of live updates:

1 am

PML-N MNA Shakeel Awan visited the hospital to enquire after the injured but the visit soon turned into a scuffle with the family members of the injured.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has strongly condemned the bomb blast in Rawalpindi, and expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the unfortunate incident.

The Prime Minister directed the concerned authorities to immediately start relief operation and provide best medical treatment to the injured.

He directed the concerned authorities to investigate the incident and submit a report in this regard.

Bomb disposal squad is trying to defuse the hand grenades.

Qaiser Shirazi – Rawalpindi General Hospital – eight injured and one dead have been brought here. DHQ seven injured, one dead and parts of the suicide bombers were taken.

Some suspects have also been arrested from the site.

A 10 year old child who was injured in the blast succumbed to his injuries.

Additional MS Sher Ali confirmed that ten dead bodies were brought to the DHQ hospital.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the attacks were designed to create the impression that the government is incapable of providing adequate security for the summit.

“We are trying to build relationships, get investment in Pakistan and these groups are trying to derail the process,” he told Reuters.

“At least four people have expired as a result of the blast. There are more than a dozen injured,” said Muhammad Haroon, a police official who was at the spot.

Qamarul Munawar added that when volunteers tried to stop the suspected bomber, he detonated himself.

President Asif Ali Zardari strongly condemned bomb blast.

The President has sought a report on the incident from the concerned officials.

The President directed the authorities to provide best medical treatment to the injured.

12:20 am

Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawar reports that at least eight people have now died due to the blast.

Some of the injured have been moved to the Holy Family Hospital.

12:15 am

Army helicopter now hovering over the blast site.

Injured have been mostly moved to the Military hospital while the dead have been moved to the District Headquarters Hospital, Express News correspondent Imran Asghar.

12:10 am

Power has been restored to the area.

12:00 am

Bomb Disposal Squad officials told Express News correspondent Imran Asghar that they had also recovered suicide vests and six to seven hand grenades near the site of the blast.

Only two hours ago, security levels had been elevated to high alert following the blasts in Karachi.

11:55 pm

Army units along with Rawalpindi police have cordoned off the area.

Officials of the cantonment board are also trying to reach the spot.

11:50 pm

Blast took place near Qasr-e-Shabbir imambargah. Express News correspondent Qamarul Munawar reported that various sources confirmed that at least seven people have been killed in the blast.

Faisal Kamal, who lives almost a kilometre from the blast told The Express Tribune that the windows and doors of his house shook due to the blast.

11:44 pm

Emergency imposed in all hospitals in Rawalpindi.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • Nov 21, 2012 - 11:48PM

    This is becoming endemic now. Rehman Mailk’s tactics are not working. A bottom up approach is needed to weed out terrorism


  • choclat85
    Nov 21, 2012 - 11:57PM

    So Sad.Four blasts in a single day. :(
    May Allah save us all and our beloved Country from any further terrorist attacks. Ameen


  • Nadir
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:06AM

    So who too blame? CIA-Mossad-RAW-Thirdhand-Foreignactor? State is busy banning late night mobile phone packages while JuD, LeJ, LeT run amok!


  • asim
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:06AM

    This is the performance of interior minister?He must be fired.


  • Lahori
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Karachi bleeding, Quetta Bleeding, FATA bleeding, Parachinar & Gilgit bleeding, Pakistan Railways bankrupt, PIA bankrupt, Steel Mills bankrupt, ethnic violence, sectarian violence, the war on terror, and Zardari the president
    Pakistan, you bring tears to my eyes


  • SNaqvi
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:08AM

    @choclat85: THe country is already gone!


  • Azmat
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:09AM



  • Maslow
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:10AM

    Yet the govt believes that all is well….never happened in such succession in one day, from Quetta to Karachi to Rawalpindi…..but why should the govt n politicians care, have they lost any of their close relatives ? Only poor people…..


  • 110
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:12AM

    Still our Government is not interested to take action against banned organizations.


  • Maslow
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:13AM


    This is revenge of democracy…..did you ever heard such incidents in such quick succession in one day 4.5 years ago ?


  • Hairaan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:13AM

    Shias do cancel all outdoor events please.


  • True picture
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:17AM

    My Allah bless all the victims. Get rid of Rehman Malik !!! since he became an interior minister things have been really bad ever since, his stakes does not lie in Pakistan!!!


  • Nov 22, 2012 - 12:30AM

    The same mistake in Pindi; people are crowding the space of blast. We must keep urging people to stay away; there could be another and God forbid more deadlier one.


  • True picture
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:35AM

    Its not ideal to hold any procession, security agencies are at stretch! let them fight these cowards & provide security for everyone not just for VIPs or processions. Lives are at stake & holding processions or rally is not the way to handle such a situation that Pakistan is at the moment.


  • Andamentalist
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:40AM

    And next time if a market gets a blast we should cancel all business. If a school girl gets hit so all schools should be closed too. Why not a blast at Parliament House. Some highly unproductive people will then stay at home.Recommend

  • Pessimist
    Nov 22, 2012 - 12:47AM

    People are dying in my country. Bombs are going off left, right & center and most of the Pakistanis are busy in condemning Israel and shedding crocodile tears for Gaza. WAKE UP! Stop feeling sorry for others and let us sort the mess out in our own country.
    I pray for the departed. May Allah bless them all.


  • R.I.P
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:08AM

    his is what happened

    7 dead, 20 injured in Rawalpindi mourning procession blast: Live updates
    Terror plot foiled: Peshawar police recover large number of explosives
    Five killed as blast rips through Quetta
    Two blasts near imambargah leave Karachi reeling
    Four policemen killed in Bannu firing>

    and only remade we have is Cars, motorcycles should be parked 1,000 yards away from imambargahs

    Please in the name of ALLAH stop the bloodshed in the holy month. This is declared scared and bloodshed is prohibited in QUR’AN.Recommend

  • Malatesh
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:12AM

    This could be the reason for Ajmal’s death. TTP has is gone crazy.


  • Pessimist
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:14AM

    People are dying in my country everyday. Bombs are going off left, right & middle, but my countrymen are busy condemning Israel and crying crocodile tears for the inhabitants of Gaza. Wake up! Let’s solve our own problems first before worrying about others.


  • logicalll
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:15AM

    shias should help fight this terror and cancel all of their mourning processions. They can mourn in a designated place rather than on the roads and stopping all kinds of life ….
    Help save pakistan by cancelling these processions …


  • Syed Hasan Mustafa
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:25AM

    Really there is a way in a single day Pakistan can overcome this terrorism. Pakistanis should participates as a whole in 10th Moharam Processions & Majlis Aza every where in the Pakistan to confront the terrorists and also show solidarity to Shia Muslims brothers. And if it would happen the next day we are a new Nation i.e. Real Pakistani Nation.


  • Adnan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Please stop Rehman Malik bashing!! There is a PML (N) government working in Punjab Province of which Rawalpindi is a part. Law and order is a provincial subject. Period.


  • Ahmed Raza
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:29AM

    why we are silent on the killing of innocent people. when our state institution will take action against the terrorists of Taliban, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Sipah-e-Sahaba and other banned outfits involved in the killing of hundreds of thousands of Pakistani people.
    my humble request to Pakistan Army, ISI and MI officials to shun the support of these non-state factors for the sake of the country..


  • kanwal
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:45AM

    Not you again. I feel exasperated when i see your comments now. WHEN in the word are you going to spit out the EXACT thing you wanna say? Last time i tried to explain and so many other too tried to tell you why shias should nt do what you are saying. Yet you come here again and again and keep repeating your racist mantra.
    These attacks show utter failure of unity and security in pakiztan. And ALL of us are now responsible for any attack anywhere on our homeland.


  • Malang
    Nov 22, 2012 - 2:00AM

    Buck up and Keep on Supporting Lushkar-e-Jhangvi, TTP and other ideological childs of Establishment, Zia-ul-Haq & Saudi-Arabia by your silence. Then they came for me ….


  • Aviator
    Nov 22, 2012 - 4:40AM

    Every pakistani should come out in procession, to show solidarity to Shias, Christians, Ahmedis, ALL pakistanis who have been victims of terrorism! And more importantly, to stand up to the terrorists!


  • shia
    Nov 22, 2012 - 9:29AM

    what a pathetic place for minorities…………if u cant look after us we’ll go to iran or india…..tired of living in insecure and filthy cities here………………


  • tj
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:04AM

    this is the height of intolerance!


  • M Ali Khan
    Nov 22, 2012 - 11:34AM

    you dont know about Sipah-e-Sahaba and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi do you?


  • sabi
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:04PM

    Earth quakes.devastating floods.droughts,bomb blasts,speeches of hatred,poverty,injustice corruption,crimes out of control,fear.insecurity are nothing new to us humans, but all these happening in one single land-Pakistan with consistancy is a rare phenomenon.This nation has done something very annoying to God.Constitution of hatred and injustice is the moto of this nation.Get rid of zia’s constitution get rid of all these sufferings.Sane advise.


  • Azeem
    Nov 22, 2012 - 10:55PM

    do you even know anything ?
    this was pak taliban, not JUD or LET…stop hijacking every thread into an india topic


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