Bomb attack kills 16 in Jamrud: Officials

Published: December 17, 2012
Pakistani security officials examine the wreckage of a destroyed vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack in Jamrud in Khyber district on December 17, 2012.  PHOTO: AFP

Pakistani security officials examine the wreckage of a destroyed vehicle at the site of a car bomb attack in Jamrud in Khyber district on December 17, 2012. PHOTO: AFP

PESHAWAR: A car bomb attack killed 16 people and wounded around 70 on Monday in a Pakistan market in the northwestern town of Jamrud, close to the Afghan border, officials said.

The bomb exploded in a small market near a bus stop, killing and wounding people waiting for buses to take them across the northwest and to other parts of the country, according to officials.

Pools of blood and charred pieces of human flesh littered the roadside, along with at least 20 burnt vehicles, said an AFP reporter. Clothes, school books, children’s shoes and burqas lay everywhere.

A government office of the district administration was around 100 metres from where the bomb detonated but was not damaged in the attack, according to an AFP reporter.

“At least 16 people were killed and 71 others wounded in the blast caused by an explosive-laden car, which had been parked very close to the waiting area for passengers,” Khyber’s most senior administration official, Mutahir Zeb, told AFP.

He said ordinary civilians and not the government office, some distance from the explosion, were the target.

“We are still are ascertaining what procedure was exactly used to blow up the vehicle,” he said.

Local administration official Jehangir Azam also confirmed that 16 people died.

“The blast also damaged 10 vehicles and more than 15 shops in the market,” Azam told AFP.

Officials had earlier said 12 people were killed.

Two intelligence officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the explosives had been packed into a Suzuki Alto vehicle.

The government says more than 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism in the country since the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

There has, however, been a noticeable decline in the number and severity of attacks since 2009, when the Pakistan army fought major operations against local Taliban in the northwestern district of Swat and the tribal district of South Waziristan.

According to an AFP tally there have been more than 100 bombings, killing 550 people, so far this year, compared to 203 recorded in 2009, when the death toll was tallied at 1,840.

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  • Nitish
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:36PM

    I would like to say that dont indulge in war or kill Taliban army.They have lethal weapons like rocket launcher.I feel like they can have nuke too.If nato forces couldnt defeat them,how would pak army?Pakistan has to think some out of box solution.Recommend

  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 1:39PM


    There will be more until Pakistan learns to come of age.


  • Aditya Randhawa
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:47PM

    These terrorists are not muslims, because no true muslim can be a terrorist. Actually they are paid agents of CIA,RAW and Mossad. They are trying to destabilize Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Islam is the most peaceful religion. In fact the meaning of Islam is peace.

    Any other explanation????????


  • Aditya Randhawa
    Dec 17, 2012 - 2:50PM

    You are right , If NATO can’t defeat Taliban then how can pak army defeat them


  • Gha
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Pak pays lot for war on terror. USA completely trap us. We are losing every day people while in USA people doing jobs business and fun lot in peace. My hearts goes for these inoocent people R.I.P.
    Now just wait Talban will call for taking responsibility, that is funny, and hilarious to me, We are so innocent to declare these Talban so lets make operation against them in FATA. That is done.


  • manish
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:22PM

    @Yoghurt lover:
    I am also an indian. But this senseless loss of innocent life is disgusting, and by no means Good.
    Your commet is in extremely bad taste, and Iwould request ET mods to take down yours’ in accordance with it’s policies.Recommend

  • NAkhtar
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:26PM

    security failures


  • vivek
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:39PM

    @Yoghurt lover
    You are a shame.I am an Indian and apologize to my Pakistani felows for his immature comment.RIP the dead souls and down with the talibans.Anyway this is time for Pakistani Army to stop supporting these strategic assets and finish them for once.


  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Now it is clear after the attack on Peshawar Airport, that our enemies terrorists are not Muslims, but showing themselves as lovers of Islam.

  • THE
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:15PM

    May Allah bless that departed souls and we live in peace once more. Ameen.
    Don’t worry too much about the comments of people like “Yoghurt lover”, we Pakistanis are very resilient and could not care much about idiots that have nothing but hate in their heart.


  • ramanan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:16PM

    It is heart rending. It is all bad karma. I am unable to fathom the evil nature of the Pak army/isi establishment and generals like Hamid gul, who cultivated and nurtured such poisonous elements as a strategy to spite India. These people are still strutting around and giving sermons on Pak media with straight faces without an iota of remorse in spite of such large scale killing of innocents. Earlier I used to feel angry with Pakistan , but I now pray for the poor and innocent people there and god only can provide deliverance.


  • proud happy indian
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:19PM

    GOOD :)Recommend

  • Asad
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:20PM

    It is true if US with 40+ other nation can’t defeat them then what magic this Pakarmy have to defeat them.Recommend

  • indian TROLL
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:21PM



  • Aditya Randhawa
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Hamid Hassan Khan:

    These terrorists are not muslims, because no true muslim can be a terrorist. Actually they are paid agents of CIA,RAW and Mossad. They are trying to destabilize Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Islam is the most peaceful religion. In fact the meaning of Islam is peace.

    Any other explanation????????


  • Jat
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:39PM

    The toll is going to be close to 30. But don’t worry Pakistanis, your army and Imran Khan will talk to Taliban and convince them to surrender. Just wait for a decade or two.


  • Tony Singh
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:42PM

    Rehman Malik says this attack will not be considered an attack unless it is proved that the vehicle did explode and was in fact not towed from Somalia.


  • pashtun
    Dec 17, 2012 - 4:48PM

    no no dont kill talibans as they fight US in afghanistan, let them kill pashtoons as long as punjab is save


  • Jim
    Dec 17, 2012 - 5:20PM

    Perhaps Rehman Malik will have an explanation for this. There is nothing good here as yogurt lover puts it, but yes, it will help Pakistan if it comes out of its self-serving denials and delusions.


  • Dec 17, 2012 - 5:39PM

    Do not worry non-Muslim commenters, the TTP is feeling the heat and this is a backlash at their failure at Peshawar airport. Let us see what happens after NATO, ISAF withdraw. Maybe, India fill rush to fill the vacuum in Afghanistan, so please come and entertain yourselves.

    NATO and ISAF do not go out and try to flush out the militants but the Pak Army does. However, the Nagas, Maoist and Kashmiri freedom fighters, rebels as your government calls them, are in control of many large swathes of territory and the government is unable to get rid of them. Why do you not write about that uprising? Are you afraid to show that India is not shining? Have a nice day.


  • something true
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:17PM

    this is the same institution which was behind peshawar airport attack i.e the foreigns and not the TTP. by foreigns i mean anybody else than the muslims. muslims dont kill each others like that.


  • SurelySure!!
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:21PM

    so sorry for the people killed, injured sustained losses.
    do we have enemy within?


  • John
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:48PM

    Never encourage “commoners of own country” and “commoners of neighbouring country” to take up arms because it always backfires. India learnt it the hard way and now its pakistan’s turn.


  • goose
    Dec 17, 2012 - 6:56PM

    @the Skunk:
    Is your point that 16 more dead in Pakistan is still somehow ‘better’ than Indian conditions? If it is, it is this scoring of senseless points over the bodies of the dead that is largely responsible for the state the region is in today.Recommend

  • Rashid
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:17PM

    Will Prime minister Ashraf vist the relatives of those killed and offer kind words like President Obama did for the relatives of the massacre in USA ?


  • Okara Bull
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:29PM

    I am from Punjab, I dont mind what you said. But Talban not see you are Punjabi or Nwfp they have one aim to kill max people. People are people it doest not matter they live in Punjab or NWFP. every bodies life are precious


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:32PM

    The disgusting brutality of Pakistanis vs. Pakistanis is just a reminder of the cruel, intolerant and despotic muslim rulers of Hindustan.

    A society which tolerates such savagery is equally guilty.


  • Gha
    Dec 17, 2012 - 7:57PM

    I am not saying killer are muslim or non muslim. As TTP declare they did that and they said we are muslim too. But it doest not matter if they are muslim or not. For me they are just enemy. If I were solider and were in war with TTP, defiantly I will kill the enemy before they kill me. but I am sure, Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it just be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. In Chicago I have seen people are doing Xmas shopping and late night parties on week end. But in Pak we are just trying to survive.if we Know our enemy and know ourrself and we can fight a hundred battles without disaster. But I am doubt we even dont know the enemy but we dont bother to investigate, We are happy as we dont need to spend time for interrogation as what will TTP says we will accept as it is. I am totally upset by seeing all that and pithiness of it make me more sad that we even not sure who is our enemy??????.The enemy is never more unnerving than when he’s invisible.
    95% says these are Talban, OK If these are Talban than kill them all. But it would be hard to kill them all as they are not living in other country where your plans go for bombarment. They hide them with civilian population. Only way to make our army separate from civilians just get off from US war on terror. This is the only way to win the war. \
    Just alienate them from civilian by saying good bye to US war on terror. I am 100% agree with Imran Kahn policy on war on terror to win. Any one has other solution???? share here


  • Hamid Hassan Khan
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:10PM

    @Aditya Randhawa:

    Thanks Brother...May Allah bless their souls rest in peace and paradise...(Shuhada of Peshawar and Jamrood). Pakistanis are in war now....

  • Ali
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:21PM

    we feel sorry for the dead it is sad to note that the ISI planted the bombs to bring anarchy so that they can get more power .


  • Subcontinental
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:32PM

    I am an Indian and I feel ashamed that some people sporting Indian names seem to take vicarious pleasure in this tragedy. They are no different than the Taliban.

    This is a sad day. Innocent lives have been lost. May Allah or Eshwar take them into his/her lap. The people who did this are animals. Why do innocents have to die. Burkahs lying everywhere. What kind of people would make war on women? This is not the time to talk about India-Pakistan enmity. This is time to mourn. My eyes are wet at the death of innocent people. Every death diminishes me. The dead could have been my kin. Nay, they are. I have no words to convey my grief.


  • Foreign Leg
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:44PM

    @Subcontinental: Please see comments on the pages relating to the deaths of 6 soldiers in Siachen and Abu Jundal and perhaps you will understand where these comments are coming from.


  • Dec 17, 2012 - 8:54PM

    Dear Aditya,

    Have we become so immune to the acts of terror that conspiracy theories have begun to outweigh the facts of the situation? Time and again we see testimony by Pakistani witnesses and law enforcement officials that all point to the same culprits. Furthermore, these terrorists regularly claim responsibility for their acts of terror. TTP have already claimed responsibility for the attack on Peshawar airport on Saturday. Please click on this link below and read for yourself:

    Would you not agree that choosing to ignore such evidence amounts to nothing more than conspiracy theory? Is it not obvious that the TTP and their counterparts are retaliating because the government of Pakistan is countering insurgency? Our failure to see the truth only shifts the advantage in their favor. We cannot allow conspiracy theories to plague our minds. We have come too far and made too many sacrifices to let conspiracy theories deter us from achieving our peace objectives.

    We send our condolences to the friends and families of those who have been killed in this attack. We also wish a quick and speedy recovery to those who are injured.


  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:55PM

    I repeat. This is certainly good.

    I for one feel that only such incidences can teach the insensitive government of Pakistan, some reasonable lessons.

    And those utter cowards and hypocrites who are apologizing for me, I feel ashamed of you Indians. At least be sensible and humble enough to speak for yourselves. Since you do not have an iota of honesty and courage to tell the truth anyways. Good luck with your hypocrisy. You are worse than the Pakistan based terrorist leaders who shed tears for mumbai victims and train terrorists to kill more.


  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 8:57PM

    I repeat. This is certainly good.

    I for one feel that only such incidences can teach the insensitive government of Pakistan, some reasonable lessons.

    And those utter cowards and hypocrites who are apologizing for me, I feel ashamed of you calling yourselves Indians. At least be sensible and humble enough to speak for yourselves. Since you do not have an iota of honesty and courage to tell the truth anyways, good luck with your hypocrisy. You are worse than the Pakistan based terrorist leaders who shed tears for mumbai victims and train terrorists to kill more.


  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:07PM

    And to assert myself further…I firmly believe that such blasts should happen in places like Rawalpindi (where GHQ is there) or heart of Punjab like Lahore and Islamabad, targeting rich businessmen, landlords, army installations and politicians.

    Say what you will, this is the only way for Pakistan to learn lessons.

    We have seen this in India too. If after Godhra train burning by muslim mob, muslims were not taught a lesson, there would have been many more godhras across India.

    I know there are many Indian muslims who will not like my comment…but then I don’t think from the time of Mohammed of Ghaznavi to Balaban to Yahya Khan to Rehman Malik, there are many muslims who like the truth.

    And for all those pseudo-secular, croc-tear shedding hypocrite Indians, you are a disgrace to my country India.


  • Subcontinental
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:08PM

    @Yoghurt lover, you are a coward and chicken hawk. No human being can take pleasure in the death, that too in tragic circumstances, of other human beings. The dead were innocent people. You are the scum that every country has, including mine. Our tears are for the dead. Not for the terrorists. Since you are taking pleasure in the success of terrorists managing to kill the innocent, I believe you are a sympathiser of such people. Go join the Taliban, your ideological brothers. I appeal to the Pakistani posters not to take note of this person, and Tribune moderators, for humanity’s sake, please take off this person’s comments.


  • pakhtoon
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:09PM

    iam sure behind of all these attack isi plays role because isi doesnt want that pashton develop for their own purposes. Why does all attack take places in pashton areas not in punja


  • Jat
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:23PM

    What Yoghurt lover is trying to say is very clear. You people are twisting his words. Daily Pakistanis are being killed by the barbaric Taliban and yet the armed forces, politicians and even the general Pakistanis are twiddling their thumbs and discussing “good or bad”.

    What is good about killing people, what is good about those who kill indiscriminately, what is good about those who plan and finance these killings ? What is the 6,00,000 strong Pak Army doing ? They have withdrawn into their barracks and are just trying to protect their own interests. The common Pakistani has been left undefended.

    And if the common Pakistani does not speak up, demand their right to life and safety, then this will continue indefinitely day after day…


  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 9:38PM


    I am not a coward, not a hypocrite and most of all not a blockhead like you.

    You live in an utopian fairy land where you show your another cheek and they retreat. In this world, even after showing two of your cheeks, your cheeks in the backside get branded.

    Of course pseudo-secular, crocketeer shedding hypocrites like you understand only when it happens to you or your loved ones. Till then you will remain unrealistic and a shameless hypocrite.

    Get off of your moral high ground. People like you are the reason why India suffers from terrorism today. You are a disgrace to humanity and not just India.

    You can urge all you want, because this is a Pakistani paper. If you were on an Indian news site, sane Indians would have shown you your rightful place.


  • Subcontinental
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:12PM

    @yoghurt lover, try taking an English class. What is ‘crocketeer shedding hypocrite’? Stop spluttering at the mouth before posting comments. Think before you write. People have died. Have respect for the dead. Don’t gloat over deaths. Only ghouls do it. If, as you say, it had happened to your loved ones, I wish it would not happen, would you be celebrating? Your talk about cheeks etc., shows your sexual inclinations. Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:31PM

    @Yoghurt lover:

    I agree @Yogurt lover’s comments were insensitive. But, @Subcontinental, have you seen the live telecast from Pakistan TV channels when the Mumbai attacks were in progress? People came out on the streets and were celebrating and rejoicing openly. They were even distributing sweets to celebrate. The point Yogurt love is making is that if you are not sensitive to others, then others will also not feel your pain either.

    I only wish that Pakistan takes these attacks seriously, not pass it off as another conspiracy or bring in religion in any way to provide excuses or justifications, but go all out to wipe these terrorists. Constant reasoning that Islam does not teach these or muslims cannot be perpetrators of such acts is in itself a justification for these terror acts. Recent surveys and polls have confirmed that 83% of Pakistanis believe they are muslims first and Pakistanis later. How can Pakistan fight these terrorists if national spirit itself is missing? This is the main or only reason why terrorists from across the globe find Pakistan welcoming. Personally, I think Pakistan has a good chance of wiping out the terrorists. For this, it should trust USA and NATO, even allow their boots on the ground and work jointly with them wholeheartedly to completely wipe out all terrorists from the region. If Pakistan misses this chance, the terrorists shall take over the country as soon as USA and NATO forces vacate the region. Pakistanis will then be at the mercy of these terrorists and it would be a nightmare for the entire region.


  • manish
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:36PM

    @ yoghurt lover:
    Thank you for directing me to the the other pages.
    Indeed, there is a reason why hardliners like you score, while
    Others simply bite dust: that we expect pakis to behave like human beings for a second.

    We expect that if we shoulder them in their times of trouble, they would behave likewise.
    But always forget that they hate us more than they love their own people.


  • Enlightened
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:40PM

    As an Indian, I am always pained to read innocent people getting killed or maimed in senseless attacks by TTP in Pakistan. Unfortunately, some Pakistanis who are Taliban apologists using Indian names ie Nitish, Aditya are posting insensitive comments which require closer scrutiny by ET moderators. Such barbarous attacks happening with alarming regularity puts Pak intelligence agencies and security forces in poor light who have so far failed to mount any decisive operation against TTP. The army in any democratic country is responsible for both internal and external security of the country and is accountable to the civilian govt but in Pakistan it is known as deep state are accountable to none except themselves and ruling the state by remote control. Over and above, the military despite being US ally are supporting Afghan jihadis covertly resulting in militants gaining upper hand in Afghanistan. Such self-destructive doctrine continued by military for many decades has put the country on the brink but no lessons have been learnt so far. God only can help Pakistan as diplomatic efforts made Western countries and others to reform it has failed and collapse is inevitable.


  • Python Afridi
    Dec 17, 2012 - 10:57PM

    The killing of Pukhtoon people in Pakistan is supported by ISI in face of Taliban and MQM. The only solution for Pukhtoon massacre is Pukhtoon nationalism based on demand of an independent country.


  • Mandeep Vaid
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:07PM

    @Subcontinental: versus Lassi lover!

    Freedom of opinion and expression is the basic human right granted in every democratic and progressive oriented society. This is the basic flaw of islamic mentality that there is ZERO tolerance for opposing and critical views which are eliminated with arbitrary.


  • gp65
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:26PM

    I hope these people rest in peace.
    Agree with @vivek and @manish and greatly disagree with @Yoghurt lover on this one. Don’t rejoice in other people’s misery. How would you feel if these people were your family members?


  • gp65
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:30PM

    @something true: “On a more serious note, I find it funny & somewhat depressing that it took a tatoo (a nice one) to force the people of Pakistan to realise that these Tellybums are NOT muslims. “

    What happened in March 1971? Muslims did not kill each other? What happens to Hazara and Gilgit Shias? What about target killings in Karachi? Muslims not killing each other? What about Iraq Iran war?What about IRaq attacking Kuwait? What about the Syrian dictator killing is own people? Not Muslims killing each other?


  • Yoghurt lover
    Dec 17, 2012 - 11:35PM


    After teaching you English, let me also bring to your attention (hope your attention span is long enough) another incidence. In the last hope that you have some reasoning left in you.

    After the attack on Peshawar airport, Pakistanis are busy discussing the tattoo on the back of a terrorist, instead of doing what they ought to be done – that is, eliminate terrorists.

    You know why this is happening? Exactly because of people like you. People like you, instead of telling the truth, try to lie, to put up a charade of secularism. because for wretched people like you the terrorists are terrorists.

    The fact is terrorists are not just terrorists. They are muslims, Hindus, Xians, sikhs, budhists. This is a fact, which if you choose to ignore, will suffer from your own ignorance.

    This is the true nature Pakistan, which is always looking for an excuse to escape from the blame (excuse which is provided by blockheads like you). Pakistan, tunfortunately, will not learn, until another 100 blasts similar to this ever happens.


  • numbersnumbers
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:09AM

    @something true:
    Wow, so Muslims don’t kill Muslims like that!!! I guess that you never heard of the long war between Iran and Iraq some decades ago where tens of thousands of Muslims were killed in combat over many years, unless you think that both sides somehow recruited NON MUSLIMS to fight their battles!!!!


  • gp65
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:21AM

    @Foreign Leg:: Thank you. I had not seen the comments on the Abu Junda; and 6 Indian soldiers, so thanks for pointing it out.
    @Yoghurt Lover: BAsed on what @Foreign Leg pointed out, I understand where you are coming from but I still disagree on 2 counts:
    1) Any number of blasts will not change the attitude of the Pakistani establishment of distinguishing between good abd bad terrorists. If it had to happen it would have happened by now.
    2) The people that died unnecessarily here are as blameless as the innocent Indians that are kileld in terrorism. Gloating over these people’s misfortune does not make it better for the people on our side either.

    One thing I DO agree with you however. I am completely amazed by this whole tattoo business. Instead of focusing on what the TTP is doing they are focusing on whether TTP is Muslim or not. As though the dead are any less dead because the killed was not Muslim?hundreds of thousands of their own in 1971. Not just that Hazaras, Gilgit Shias those dying in Karachi target killing are all Muslims killed by Muslims. Not to mention Iran Iraq war and what the Syrian dictator is doing to his own people.


  • Afghan American
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:28AM

    Ahh, the strategic assets have come home to roost. Not like a piece of every single one of us didn’t predict the intensification of a anti Pakistan insurgency. Hopefully you are confident in your overly confident security establishment and they’re ability to control the violence at will. We’ll see what’s real pretty soon. I think these terrorists will show you pretty soon what hedging your bets is really about.


  • Afghan American
    Dec 18, 2012 - 12:40AM

    Now lets put our heads back in the sand and pretend it’s not happening. Not concern ourselves with death inflicted on Afghans by these people as if it’s not our moral obligation or responsibility. Lets wait until, well, eventually the terrorists are gonna want to put your so called security establishment to the test. A very long and exhausting test.


  • Mullah Omar
    Dec 18, 2012 - 1:43AM

    Strategic depth is backfiring.


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