Bloodbath in Mohmand Agency: Death toll rises to 43

Published: December 7, 2010
Security personnel inspect a room following the attack. PHOTO: AFP

Security personnel inspect a room following the attack. PHOTO: AFP

Security personnel inspect a room following the attack. PHOTO: AFP Security personnel are seen gathered at the suicide attack site in the district of Mohmand, on December 6, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

The death toll from twin suicide bombings in Mohmand has risen to 43, an official said Tuesday.

“Three more people died in Peshawar hospital. The death toll has now reached 43,” Miraj Khan, a senior administrative official in the town of Ghalanai, told AFP.

Most of the victims have been identified and their bodies handed over to relatives, but eight badly mutilated bodies are still in Ghalani hospital, Khan said.

“They are beyond recognition,” he said.

Updated from print edition (below)

Bloodbath in Mohmand Agency: Bombers strike anti-Taliban tribal militia

Twin suicide bombers in security forces’ uniform targeted a tribal lashkar and pro-government tribal elders in the Mohmand tribal region, killing 40 people and injuring many more.

Hours later a purported Taliban spokesperson claimed responsibility for the attack, threatening more attacks on anyone forming lashkars against them.

The bombers badly damaged the political agent’s office in Ghalanai, the main town in Mohmand Agency.

Survivor Sakhi Jan, a 50-year-old member of the tribal lashkar who suffered injuries, described how “double blasts rocked everything around”.

Amjad Ali, a senior official in the political administration, said 40 people were killed and 60 wounded, with 25 in critical condition.

The casualties were shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Ghalani, District Headquarters Hospital in Charsadda and Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.

Khan Zaman, who also survived the attack, said: “There was a deafening explosion. And a thick cloud of smoke enveloped the whole area.” Talking to The Express Tribune from his hospital bed, he said: “Pieces of human flesh were scattered all over and injured were crying for help.”

Ali said that the bombers were wearing uniform of the Khasadar force. “One of them blew himself up at the main gate and the second inside the office,” he said. At least 10 government officials and two television journalists, including Abdul Wahab of Express News, were among the dead.

More than 100 people were believed to have been in the political agent’s office where government officials, allied tribal elders and members of the tribal lashkar were meeting when the bombers struck.“Tribesmen and elders had been sitting in small groups on the lawn outside the office of the political agent,” said Shuja Ahmed, another lashkar volunteer.

Local official Maqsood Amin said the bombs destroyed two rooms in the office and gouged out a foot-deep crater in the lawn outside. There were divergent reports on whether at least one of the bombers blew himself up on a motorbike or whether the attackers came on foot.

This is the second suicide attack in five months targeting pro-government tribal elders in the Mohmand Agency. On July 9, a suicide car bomb attack killed 105 people in Yakaghund tehsil of the agency.

Umar Khalid, a spokesperson for the Mohmand Agency chapter of the outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility in a telephone call to The Express Tribune from an undisclosed location.

“Our two suicide bombers targeted people who were working against the Taliban,” Khalid said.  “Those who will work against us and raise lashkars will be targeted. “Our war is to enforce Sharia and anyone who hinders us in any way or takes sides with America will meet the same fate,” Khalid said.

(Agencies with additional reporting by Umair Muhammadzai in Peshawar)

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

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Shemrez Nauman Afzal
    Dec 6, 2010 - 4:22PM
  • Maz
    Dec 6, 2010 - 4:54PM

    Jamat Islami see these were also ur brothers who were mudered in cold blood,still you instead of educating your fellow countrymen continue to go downwards.Pakistan wake up you still support such mulavis and taliban.How much more blood is required to open your eyesRecommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 5:39PM

    My condolences for the deceased including especially the Express correspondent. Recommend

  • Ali
    Dec 6, 2010 - 6:31PM

    It is once again a dark day and we need to stop encouraging clerics like the ones in peshawar otherwise its not gonna stopRecommend

  • Waqar
    Dec 6, 2010 - 6:35PM

    Condolences to the victims families and of Express News correspondent Abdul Wahab.Recommend

  • Atheist
    Dec 6, 2010 - 6:57PM

    religion in actionRecommend

  • Dec 6, 2010 - 7:00PM

    our government should take strong action those barbaric creatures who’s behind this,our government knows where the hidden taliban terrorists are but i dont know why they are ignoring all this.Army should be play more role in war against terrorism to elemenate the virus in to our country and inshaAllah we will succeed in our war against terrorism including all the agencies who’s are behind the curtain Recommend

  • suggest
    Dec 6, 2010 - 7:19PM

    suicide in anti islam

    people who died go heaven and suicide bomber go to hellRecommend

  • Someone
    Dec 6, 2010 - 8:10PM

    It’s time to tell the Americans we’ve had enough with their war of terrorism. This was never our war and the ordinary Pakistani has nothing to do with it. They can do what they want in Afghanistan but they dont have the right to mess inside Pakistan and spill more monsters like the ones we have to forcibly fight today. Recommend

  • S.K. Safi
    Dec 6, 2010 - 8:30PM

    I would like to add one more piece of information to the news. And it’s that the Political agent told the media that Taliban commander Umar Khalid accepted the responsibility of the attacks during a telephone call from an unknown place. What a white lie, that the Taliban commander Khalid Umar called from an unknown place. Everybody that belongs to Mohmand Agency and particularly to Safi Tehsil, knows that where the said commander resides. Unfortunately no one in the political administration ever tried to either kill or arrest him. The political agents and his assistant political agents are constantly busy to harass the resident of the area while taking no measurement against the Taliban. Rather most often they are provided safety. The political agent are just busy in insulting the teachers of the closed or blasted schools of the area, calling them names openly, compelling them to go and sit in the schools that have been demolished, arresting innocent people of the area, demolishing houses of the residents, stopping the principal of Ekkaghund collage from giving admissions to the students of Safi area, and everything else that they can do to let the people of safi area suffered. No body from the area is allowed to pass the correct information to the media of the activities taking place over there. The F.C men are another active factor in destroying the peace of the area. Tank shells are fired every night just for nothing more than to threaten the inhabitant. But no shell ever stroked the Taliban markaz. A major once told the elders in a gathering that we will continue our these activities tell the Americans are in Afghanistan. He further added that we have been ordered by the high authorities to target the houses. (and they really do it from time to time but those news cannot escape from the trap of political agent) At the end I would just like to say, this was another drama played by the political agent for killing the innocent people. Recommend

  • Cautious
    Dec 6, 2010 - 9:07PM

    Perhaps its time for your army/intelligence service to stop supporting terrorist and get off their duff and eliminate them.Recommend

  • Arijit Sharma
    Dec 6, 2010 - 10:00PM

    Thank God for the two-nation theory !! We are really different people. Recommend

  • S
    Dec 6, 2010 - 10:54PM

    perhaps the Jamaat-e-Islami will consider taking out a protest for these victims as well. somehow i doubt it. Recommend

  • Baseer
    Dec 7, 2010 - 12:19AM

    What a shame! Muslim brothers killing their own brethren…my heartfelt condolences :(

    When will this bloodshed end????Recommend

  • vasan
    Dec 7, 2010 - 6:33AM

    Another heart breaking terrorist attack. Whoever the cause may be, the affected are the common public, My condolences to the victims’ families and pray God to give strength to the near and dear ones to withstand such brutality.Recommend

  • truth seeker
    Dec 7, 2010 - 10:14AM

    TTP are Indian and CIA agents. Do people not know this??Recommend

  • Realist
    Dec 7, 2010 - 10:30AM

    @ Everyone

    Well, those Muslim brothers were gathering an army to fight their other Muslim brothers. This is war people and all wars tend to be ugly.Recommend

  • Anonoctopus
    Dec 7, 2010 - 10:44AM

    If you don’t have anything constructive to say, Arijit, then don’t say anything at all. Such tragic loss of life and here you are mouthing rubbish again. Please keep your unwarranted comments to yourself.

    May the deceased rest in peace.Recommend

  • ven
    Dec 7, 2010 - 5:53PM

    So u r ok with muslims killing other religion people. Looks like u r sad just becos they happened to be muslims. Religious fanatacism is deep rooted in majority of pakistanis.Recommend

    Dec 7, 2010 - 6:18PM

    meesage to them-taliban are uneducated people

    in simple words that even uneducated can get

    suicide is against islam

    so suicide bomber by killing himself going hell and people dieing going to heaven

    see how baitullah mehsud died do taliban thinks he gone to heaven

    he is gone to hell

  • Dec 7, 2010 - 7:18PM

    It is very unfortunate thing which is happing here with us all Pakistanis that how many we knew about Taliban?..,,in Pakistan we know our sources confirm that Indian secret agency Raw along with Israeli’s Mosaad American C.I.A are playing a dirt game with us.The so called Pakistan taliban terrorist its actually Indian based agents.The great game is playing on with Pakistan to sabotage the peace and prosperity in our country.
    @Arjiit sharma: We also lots of thanks full to almighty ALLAH that we are not a part of so called secular India where a single minority is not safe,in Pakistan INdian government wants to destroy our structure,engage our army to fight with your terrorists but we are aware how to defend our mother land and we will sacrifise our lives on it.Recommend

  • Dec 7, 2010 - 11:30PM

    Kingdom strongly condemns this and all kinds of terrorism. Kingdom sincerely condoles with friends and family of victims.

    With lots of Prays and Kind Regards
    Kingdom of TruthRecommend

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