Militant attack: Roadside bomb kills teenager

Published: December 14, 2010
A rescue worker surveys a school bus damaged by a bomb explosion in Peshawar December 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

A rescue worker surveys a school bus damaged by a bomb explosion in Peshawar December 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS

A rescue worker surveys a school bus damaged by a bomb explosion in Peshawar December 13, 2010. PHOTO: REUTERS School bus on Kohat Road targeted in blast.

A teenage boy was killed and five others, including school children, were injured when a roadside bomb went off on Monday afternoon near a school bus in the Charkha Khel area in the outskirts of Peshawar.

The blast took a rather quiet neighbourhood of the city by storm as panicked residents and parents came to the streets following the explosion. The city is already on high alert due to threats of an attack during Muharram.

Talking to reporters, District Coordination Officer (DCO) Peshawar Siraj Ahmed Khan said that the bomb went off when a school bus was passing through the area. He said that a passerby was killed while three people, including a school girl, and the bus driver were injured. The DCO said it was not clear whether the bus was the target or not, adding that at the time of blast, there were only four to five children in the bus as most other students had been dropped off. Khan also said that an improvised explosive device was used in the explosion. An official of the Bomb Disposal Unit told The Express Tribune that the explosives weighed around six kilogrammes and were detonated with a remote control.

The victims were rushed to the Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) in Peshawar. Director Emergency Services at LRH Shiraz Qayyum Afridi told The Express Tribune that a body was brought to the hospital, besides three injured people. Afridi said that the dead person was identified as Farooq, a resident of the same area. Those injured in the attack were discharged from the hospital as none of them was critically hurt, he said.

The mother of the injured children was seen arguing with policemen at the site of the attack for not being able to know about the safety of her child. “If they are safe why don’t you tell us where they are?” she kept asking. The two injured children – a brother and sister – were later identified as Eman and Arsalan.

Superintendent of Cantonment Circle Police Shafiullah Khan told media persons that a case had been registered at the Bana Mani police station.

Meanwhile, gunmen shot dead two men on Monday in district Charsadda, the second double shooting of officers in two days. Taseer Khan, 30, and Derwaish Khan, 43, were ambushed as they were driving to work on a motorcycle, police said. They died instantly. Both brothers worked for the police.

“They had no personal enmity. Both brothers were in uniform and were coming on duty. They died on the spot,” Nisar Khan Marwat, Charsadda District police chief, told AFP.

The officer said the attackers fled the scene after the ambush.

(With additional input from AFP)

Published in The Express Tribune December 14th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Dec 13, 2010 - 3:31PM

    These demons won’t even spare the kids, when will we root them out?Recommend

  • Saad Faraz
    Dec 13, 2010 - 4:19PM

    This the beginning of attacking the school buses and vans in major cities now,May Allah keep our children in safe Hands AmeenRecommend

  • J.Oberoi
    Dec 13, 2010 - 4:25PM

    Even innocent children are not being spared. Dispicable !! Recommend

  • vasan
    Dec 13, 2010 - 5:07PM

    Cruelty in action. What kind of mentality the bomber has or been indoctrinated. with. I just hope no kid died. Recommend

  • Arshad Mahmood
    Dec 13, 2010 - 5:10PM

    Children are the worst affected by the ongoing conflict in the country and particularly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA area. Both State and non-state actors are targeting children which is shameful and should be stopped immediately.Recommend

  • Dec 13, 2010 - 5:53PM

    Atrocious. These cowards have no guts to fight like real men. Recommend

  • Raju
    Dec 13, 2010 - 5:59PM

    Now next generations are target Please wear off these so called religious veils on your mind and just save your children from these cruel people who are killing in the name of religion Recommend

  • Dec 13, 2010 - 6:31PM

    I would like to know which ‘political mullahs’ have condemned this?Recommend

  • RhyMe
    Dec 13, 2010 - 7:09PM

    Sad! Sad! Sad!Recommend

  • sohail ahmad
    Dec 13, 2010 - 8:07PM

    I believe ANP government failed to protect the people – They were only interested in easy – load and not in peace. The extremists are getting stronger and now they are achieving their target fear, insecurity and illiteracy. This is the time to unite and fight against these monsters otherwise our next generations will be not more than slaves. Recommend

  • Khan
    Dec 13, 2010 - 9:26PM

    Yes Mr. Oberoi like in Kashmir you dont even spare innocent children here.. like you did in Bombay and Samjhota.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 14, 2010 - 7:53PM

    protests in name of judiciary, electricity, gas, sugar, sialkot incident, countless hypocrite parties, touheen-e-risaalat, namoos-e-risaalat, and countless others

    when would we find time for protests against terrorismRecommend

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