SUKKUR: At least four people were killed and forty injured in five consecutive explosions that targeted the office of Inter-Services Intelligence in Barrage Colony, Sukkur on Wednesday evening, Express News reported.
Up to five gunmen were believed to have attacked the heavily guarded compound and detonated four bombs, said Masood Bangash, the deputy superintendent of police in Sukkur.
He said the local offices of the Inter-Services Intelligence, the Pakistani military's spy agency, seemed to be the main target.
Initial reports suggest that the first blast, which was reportedly the biggest, occurred when militants had an explosive-laden truck crash into one of the houses. The force of the explosion was felt throughout the area, and caused the houses to partially collapse.
The militants then attacked with hand grenades and small arms at the houses leading to successive explosions.
Assistant Superintendent of Police City said that 30 kilograms of explosives were used in the attacks.
The area also houses an Imam Bargah, the Commissioner House, lodges for High Court judges and the Rangers' headquarters.
"Two of the militants were suicide bombers," said DIG Sukkur Javed Odho.
He added that the security forces killed at least three suspected militants.
"Of those who were killed, only one was a civilian," said Odho. Two ranger's personnel were also killed.
"The subsequent blasts occurred as people were moving towards the site of the explosion after the first blast," reported Express News correspondent Sajjad Ali Shah.
Radio Pakistan claimed that one of the militants was arrested, though officials did not confirm this.
The roof of the houses in the area, including the DIG house collapsed due to the intensity of the blast.
The people who were trapped under the rubble were shifted to the hospital by rescue teams.
Heavy contingents of police and rangers reached the blast site, but they could not reach the DIG House immediately because of the repeated explosions.
Two of the deceased were identified as Ahsan Malik and am intelligence official Muhammad Azeez, who were shifted to the hospital.
@beenasarwar @Kamrankhan27 @ShamaJunejo its my neighborhood. Six blasts followed by extensive firing. Never thought this can happen in #Suk— Shujaat (@alichacho) July 24, 2013
@ShamaJunejo first blast was huge. My home windows shattered. It is heard throughout the city.— Shujaat (@alichacho) July 24, 2013
Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the terror attack and directed the authorities concerned to provide the best medical treatment to the injured.
Security officials launch counter attack on militants
The militants had forced their way into one of the offices.
As a result, the security officials surrounded the area and carried out an operation.
Officials later revealed that at least the five suspected militants had been killed, three were shot dead, while two had carried out suicide bombings, a Rangers spokespersons said.
The local residents moved out of the area following the blasts.
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@Akhtar Baloch: These are the same scary terrorists who blew innocent people in markets, mosques, hospitals etc and u still thick our forces are successive in defending us?
@Akhtar Baloch: Do u think you are safe in Pakistan ?
Those who choose to side with conspiracy theories should realize that the terrorists are only focused on pushing their deadly agenda forward. They are not concerned with our failure to realize the obvious; they just continue to push their deadly agenda forward. Time after time we find the same culprits behind these attacks. We’ve just approached the midpoint in Ramadan, and these terrorists have already conducted several deadly acts of terror. The seriousness of the situation requires us to refrain from indulging in the conspiracy theories, and instead, focus our efforts against those who are looking to disrupt our peace objectives. We have full confidence in Pakistan’s ability to counter the threat posed by the extremist organizations. We are working closely with the government of Pakistan and hope to negate the common threat through mutual cooperation. We repeat what Jen Psaki, Department of State Spokesperson, said recently: “The United States stands with the people of Pakistan in condemning such senseless and inhumane acts [recent bombings]. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of those killed and wish those injured a speedy recovery.”
May ALLAH have Mercy on us. Ameen
@Justice: bias has no sense just bias which hides the sind government's rule
@Umer: have u seen other provinces' governments raising and protecting peoples amn committees??
@yousafhaque: please do not be insulting to sind as sind has no parallel in corruption
@Hammad M: so u mean to say that people's amn committee's favourite peoples party government does not have "people's" mandate which has actually been ru(i)ning this province??
@True Karachiwala: Great to read your comments, keep them coming in more regularly
FYI guys, Sukkur is the third largest MQM dominated city in Sindh!!! Hence I certainly agree with Hammad M!
@Jamali: @Aysha M: How can government stop suicide bombs Aysha. Have some shame lady and dont be so biased. If ISI cant stop them then no civilian can.
Then we sit idly and simply keep counting the casualties ? and BTW what has 'having shame" to do with demanding protection from governemnt? what are governments meant for?
@Umer: @Aysha M: Where is Sindh government? Attack on a security agency is a federal government issue. That would be PMLN government. Law and order is provencial subject. You can confirm it with KPK governemnt
@Aamir - Toronto: @Aysha M Would you please stop rubbing salt into our wounds by making such lethargic statements,
Please stop this cruel joke ! PTI is defending the terrorists and its supporters are drowning Pakistan with their cocodile tears
@Hammad M: @Aysha M: Oh yeah Aysha M, where is MQM’s governance? They have the “people’s mandate” right? Go and read constitution and see with what powers governor is equipped to deal with national or provencial security or for that matter day to day running of government.
please share with us what you would learn so that this irritataing "your governor, your governor" phrase is not scribbled by you and many like you any more. comment to show your knowledge, not your ignorance !
this is the first bomb blast which targeted the isi in sindh but there are some questions that sukkur is the city of peace so why did they targeted isi office in sukkur only? and why did they not do this in any other city?
@yousafhaque: "**All this is happening due to the massive CORRUPTION in every field"
Corruption is everywhere in the world, but it involves money, not guns and bombs. Pakistani blasts are because of the short-sightedness of it's leaders from the 70's and 80's (and still continuing).
home to my great grandfather condolences from india
@Bhai log: ohh you indian troll. Its your funded men who attack military assets - when they come ready to die nothing could be done anywhere in the world. Still all got killed and the terrorists held there remain safe
feeling very sad
Its sad but I expect better job from the spy agency...they should have seen it coming...if they can not protect themselves in a small city of sukkar how do they plan to protect the entire country...??? I believe terrorist have limited resources otherwise they will be blasting every day because i dont think agencies are stopping them but its their own resources stopping them...limiting factor......
now what will happen next?
the blast was extremely loud and incredibly close. for victims of sukkur.. . terrorism in pakistan is not new. it's like a video game. while people are killed with ''cold blood'' and no body is ready to take stand against it. there must be the end of this game, which had been started for a long time..
@RAW is WAR: may be next BOOM is somewhere in ..............
@Jamali: Dear Jamali, They can be stopped by "effective policing", same way rest of the world does it. For that you need to have capable and sincere people at the helm of affairs. They defenitely can not be stopped if police is full of people appointed on political basis. ISI is an agency for external intelligence.
@Hammad M: Well for that matter, where is Pakistan's governance? Do you think a local government can handle the TTP menace that our useless Federal government has not been able to manage?
all the militants should be arrested and interrogated.
The Pakistani army's the only thing keeping you safe from those scary terrorists you see. Before bashing them without thought, consider how many times a day they stop you or some other innocent Pakistani from being blown up?
P.S : Food for thought; why do you think the army is targeted time after time and none of these major politicians ever hear a bomb blast close to them?
change isi head and army head
@Umer: Terrorism is not just a Federal Government issue. It is both a Federal and Provincial Government issue.
@Jamali: It's impossible to stop a suicide bomber but at least effort should be made to eliminate these culprits before they get on their mission.
According to my source, intelligence agencies had recently undertaken successful operations against local dacoits who were being used by a foreign intelligence agency to smuggle weapons to and from Balochistan. This was done in retaliation.
How can government stop suicide bombs Aysha. Have some shame lady and dont be so biased. If ISI cant stop them then no civilian can.
Have the magic words "namaloom afraad" being uttered yet ?
@RAW is WAR:
Attack on a security agency is a federal government issue. That would be PMLN government.
@Umer: Interesting you say, last month there was a bomb explosion in Lahore's food street!
Must be some rough strategic assets. Happens when you feed the snakes.
So sad to hear this & I'm sure other agencies are involve in this case ...
Would you please stop rubbing salt into our wounds by making such lethargic statements,
@Hammad M: Oh yeah Hammad M, still dreaming to malign MQM in every incident happens in Pakistan!! Grow up buddy!
How much time will it take for the government to initiate a full scale war against the militants. What is the so-called fifth largest army in the world doing. What are the brave people of Pakistan doing who purportedly repelled the Indian army using the broom stick in the 196 war. Has religious extremism gone so deeply in the veins of most Pakistanis that they dont care about the innocent people dying and getting maimed by these barbarian. What can you expect from a country that supports Aafia and hates Malala.
I am eagerly awaiting Hamid Mir's and Asma Jehangir's condemnation of this violent terrorist attack
And then they speak against Drone attacks without knowing the facts that Taliban can only be defeated with the help of USAF Drones.
Dear, in case you have been living in Mars, MQM governance was gone as soon as democracy arrived in Pakistan. Our democracy does not like sharing at a local level. Besides, sukkur was never MQM strong hold.
@Hammad M: That was a completely out of context comment..sukhur..bomb blast..mqm???:s u make no sense bro
@Hammad M: What a joke. Sukker's not in Karachi (or Hyderabad)
Like many other terrorists activities, this is also an ugly act of terrorism to kill the innocent people.
I am very grieved that ISI Office has been target by the terrorists.
Some TV reports mentioned that a terrorist has been arrested. If so, he should be interrogated so that authorities should be able to reach the master minds of the terrorists.
May Al-Mighty Allah rest their souls in peace. AMEEN.
@Hammad M: PTI troll, level 100.
How can u drag MQM into this in any way? It is the only party calling for army to do its job and carry out operations against extremists who don't believe in the constitution or Pakistan or peace.
Khan sb, on the other hand, might wanna talk to these Sukker attackers and sign a treaty!
@Hammad M: lol sir are u sure u live in Pakistan? Sindh govt is PPP, MQM is the biggest opposition.
And we have no quick response teams capable of taking these terrorists down. After a few hours, one or two terrorists will be killed, and the rest will manage to escape forever.
Funny that all blasts these days happen in provinces other than Punjab. Hint. Hint.
Is this another way to force other provinces to tout Punjab's line?
Yeh Musalmaan nahi ho saktau. Negotiations must begin immediately.
Pakistani army cant event protect its assets.
All this is happening due to the massive CORRUPTION in every field of life all over the country.The addiction to getting unearned wealth is so strong that it doesn't let any one think of the consequences,nor does it let the harm to be seen that is being done to the nation as a whole
@Aysha M: Oh yeah Aysha M, where is MQM's governance? They have the "people's mandate" right?
Is there anybody out there interested in saving innocent lives. Where is Sindh government? How long will they let this happen. Complete failure of the provincial government. Hope not many casualties.