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Suicide bomber kills 20 in Rawalpindi
 


November 21, 2012 - Updated 2350 PKT
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RAWALPINDI: At least 20 people were killed and 47 others injured in a suicide blast at a Moharram procession near an Imambargah here on Wednesday night, Geo News reported.

 

The attack, in the Dhok Sayidan area of Rawalpindi, comes hours after two back-to-back bomb blasts --40 minutes apart-- near an Imambargah in Karachi, which killed two people and left 16 others wounded.

 

Sources quoted eyewitnesses as saying that a suicide bomber suddenly entered into the Moharram-ul-Haram procession and detonated the explosives strapped to his body.

 

"Two unknown people, who did not appear to be mourners, barged in the procession and one of them blew himself up", said eyewitnesses.

 

It is pertinent to mention that around 3,000-4,000 mourners left one Imamabargah in the form of a procession and were on their way to another, when the bomber struck.

 

The blast blew a hole in one of the walls of Imambargah. Body parts were scattered at the scene.

 

Hundreds of mourners, beating their heads and chests,kept marching, even though other explosive devices were found at the site.

 

A hand grenade, which failed to go off, was also recovered from the spot of the blast.

 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

 

Rescue and emergency teams have kicked off their services while ambulances have engaged in shifting the injured to District Headquarters Hospitals (DHQ) and other medical care facilities.

 

Rescue sources fear the death toll might go up as more and more critically injured victims were pouring into the emergency rooms.

 

Later DCO Rawalindi, Saqib Zafar, confirmed the casualties.

 

"So far we have received credible reports that 20 people have been killed and 47 injured in the suicide blast", Zafar told media.

 

He said around 14 bodies were brought to Rawalpindi DHQ, whereas 6 bodies to Combined Military Hospital.

 

He also informed the media that 5 injured victims of the blast were shifted to Benazir Bhutto Hospital. Moreover blast victims were also other hospitals as well.

 

On the other hand Medical Superintendent, Dr Sher Ali told media that DHQ Rawalpindi had received 30 injured of which 16 were discharged after first aid, while the wounds of 14 others were being tended to.

 

Dr Sher also revealed the severed head of the suicide bomber was in the custody of DHQ authorities.

 

The rest of the remains of the suicide bomber were also sent to a hospital for a DNA test, sources added.

 

Security forces cordoned off the area and started scouring the blast site for the pieces of evidence.

 

Two policemen and a couple of volunteers are also among the injured.

 

A large number of people gathered outside the blast site and chanted slogans against the poor security measures taken by the government.

 

They claimed that the security arrangements were not enough to provide protection to the mourners and alleged that the police personnel were not properly checking the suspicious from joining the procession.

 

Owing to this chaotic situation, security forces had a hard time combing the area to collect whatever traces of forensic evidence could be found on top of detecting the presence of more explosives.

 

"The area could not be cleared for investigation as the bereaved families and friends had refused to leave the site of tragedy", said sources.

 

Army helicopters continued to conduct aerial surveillance after the incident.

 

Meanwhile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said the attacks were designed to create the impression that the government is incapable of providing adequate security for the summit.

 

"We are trying to build relationships, get investment in Pakistan and these groups are trying to derail the process," he told media.

 

The violence erupted a day before Pakistan hosts a summit of developing nations attended by the leaders of Iran, Egypt,Turkey, Indonesia and other countries. Some of the presidents have already arrived.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Quran does not permit Jihad between Shia and Sunni, who are killing sunis or shia, actually they are agent of Kafir and they are not muslims because Quran says for Jihad with Kafir only and not between Shia and Sunni. The Alim of all Ummah are hiding this fact and clearing the definition of Jihad.

Aftab Qazi
USA
shame 4 paksitan adm. that they are not able to protect minority community in the country and shame for those donkey,s genes teriorists who are killing the innocent and pious shia muslims,but we[siha] are not going to stop these procession and prayers.

zulfiqar Ali
India
As the interior minister Rehman Malik has said that the backbone of Taliban or TTP has broken and they are no longer able to carry suicide attacks in the country.But we have already seen that they are still able to do such attacks. now this is the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety and security of the people of the country.

javedmehsoodwafa
Pakistan
Ban processions of Muharram and eid milad instead of banning motorbikes, cell phones & making life miserable for common man and spending millions on security.

Ihtesham Kayani
Pakistan
@ Ahmed @ Khan !! In the past, there occurred, blasts in Masajid as well. Now you must say, why need to offer prayers in masajid. People gathers there too.... Y would we stop our own religious activities when we are living in an independent Muslim state? Common sense says to identify those who are wrongly educating these people which results in such sucidal bombings? and what government is doing about it?

Najia
Pakistan
Rehman Malik will condemn it and his job is done for the day. Next day he will prepare for another condemnation if need be. He is the man who has done nothing concrete for the betterment of law & order but resign is a taboo for him, shameful.

Ihtesham Kayani
Pakistan
Ina Lilla hay Wah Ina Ellahe Rajeoon.... So shameful, so horrific and so painful for dead and living one....I cannot face families who lost their loved ones...so simple to comment but so hard to face....Gosh

Shock
Pakistan
Its really shocking.More than 39000 security forces personal & innocent civilians lost their lives. Police & other law enforcement agencies must ensure security for the processions. But i request also the mourners to be careful and keep vigilance on the terrorists.

Javed Baachaa
Pakistan
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