At least 19 dead in suicide attack

Published: September 7, 2010
Books and bicycle strewn at the site of the blast. PHOTO: ONLINE

Books and bicycle strewn at the site of the blast. PHOTO: ONLINE

Books and bicycle strewn at the site of the blast. PHOTO: ONLINE Screenshot shows rubble at the site of the blast. Screenshot shows damage caused by explosion.

At least 19 people, including several policemen, were killed and 36 others injured in an explosion after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a police station in Lakki Marwat district on Monday. The Lakki City police station building collapsed after the blast while several houses, offices and a mosque in its vicinity were also damaged.

At least 15 buildings, including the house of the deputy superintendent of police and a veterinary hospital, were severely damaged in the attack. The injured were rushed to Lakki Marwat and Bannu hospitals while many policemen were trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed police station.

Eyewitnesses said that the lone attacker drove a double cabin pickup and attacked the police station’s back-wall. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa police chief Fayyaz Ahmed Toru along with Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain visited Lakki Marwat and inspected the site of the attack.

According to the police chief, at least 600 kilogrammes of explosives were used in the bombing. Iftikhar confirmed 19 deaths and put the number of injured at 36 – compared to the police chief’s 15 reported fatalities.

The information minister said that strong action against terrorists had become necessary, adding that militancy may spread across the country if it was not dealt with head on. Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ameer Haider Khan Hoti condemned the attack saying that the security forces will continue to battle terrorism.

Security forces cordoned off the area following the blast and started a search operation, during which around 10 suspects were nabbed, officials said.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 7th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Munazza sami
    Sep 6, 2010 - 9:38AM

    Armed force should take control of the country seriously..its enough……….It doesn’t matter for civilian that Pakistan is a Democratic country or not….we only want peace which is now only possible through Marshal Law Recommend

  • Imran
    Sep 6, 2010 - 11:18AM

    Do these * Not know Eid is just around the Corner? Give me a Break for a Kit-Kat People. Once again the Innocent are being Killed while the Government is too busy shouting at each other. I wish the military would conduct house searching all over Pakistan, even Mine and Zardari’s and clean the Damn Countrt UP!Recommend

  • imran
    Sep 6, 2010 - 12:36PM

    Curse of Almighty Allah on these terrorists who do not spare any muslim in holy month.Recommend

    Sep 6, 2010 - 12:44PM

    So sad oh my Allah. Another blast!! where r we heading. we r now doomed. my heart bleeds n will continue to bleed but for how long. can anyone answer…..:-(Recommend

  • Amna Zaman
    Sep 6, 2010 - 12:51PM

    Taliban ‘protectors of Islam’ continue to attack the innocent and show no regard towards human life. It is a disgrace that they are a part of our land. They must be eradicated.Recommend

  • Yasir Qadeer
    Sep 6, 2010 - 1:35PM

    These terrorists will keep killing innocent people until we eliminate them. This extremist ideology in regards to religion has torn our nation apart.Recommend

  • XYZ
    Sep 6, 2010 - 2:20PM

    Why look puzzled?? This serpent was grown and bred here. Now the snake is spitting its venom back to its creator since they have no place to go. Its written, “As you sow so shall you reap”. This is basic law of nature. This was the very reason for disintegration of the Soviet Union, fall of Nazis, etc. Recommend

  • IZ
    Sep 6, 2010 - 10:35PM

    Please, no one should condemn this action or else they will show themselves to be liberal, KKK self-loathing, unpatriotic, anti-Pakistani, lynch-mob executioners! Everything is okay. The country is okay. Nothing is wrong. This is the IMF’s fault. If you think otherwise, go get a foreign passport!Recommend

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