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17 killed, 60 wounded in Peshawar ANP rally blast

- April 16, 2013 - Updated 2045 PKT - From Web Edition

PESHAWAR: At least 17 people including policemen and minors were killed and near 60 more wounded in a suicide bomb blast that tore through an Awami National Party (ANP) corner meeting here on Tuesday evening, Geo News reported.


Reportedly, the moderate intensity blast struck when at least 200-300 ANP workers as well as leaders were attending a public meeting in Yakatoot area of Peshawar.


Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for what was the fourth deadly attack on politicians or political parties in three days as the country prepares to hold historic polls on May 11.


CCPO Peshawar, Liaquat Ali said it was a suicide attack. The AIG Bomb Disposal Unit, Shafqat Malik, even claimed the police had found the limbs and some other parts of a bomber's blast-torn body.


“A suicide bomber, who was standing among the workers waiting outside the meeting venue to welcome the leaders, jumped in front of Bilours car and blew himself up”, said the CCPO.


Another official said about six kilograms of explosives along with splinters and ball bearings were used in the bombing.


Many vehicles parked nearby caught fire after the blast. Live footage showed columns of smoke billowing from the site with blood splattered all over the place.


The notable ANP leaders including Ghulam Ahmed Bilour and Haroon Bilour, the son of late Bahsir Bilour who was martyred in a similar attack, were also present at the meeting. Both the main leaders narrowly escaped the attack.


Earlier the police had said an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in Haroon Bilour's car, which detonated minutes after he left the vehicle to enter the corner meeting venue.


Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, apparently the main target of the attack, also received minor injuries. Sources in Lady Reading Hospital said the former minister for railways was doing fine.


Geo News live coverage footage showed a stunned Ghulam Ahmed Bilour, a septuagenarian, walking away form the blast site with stains of blood on his white dress.


However, according to a foreign newswire, the Taliban apologized for injuring Bilour, saying it had been targeting his nephew, Haroon.


"We apologize to Ghulam Bilour because we announced an amnesty for him," Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan told the newswire by telephone from an undisclosed location. "Our target was Haroon Bilour," he said.


Mostly, the policemen and minors are said to be among the dead and the injured. Later it was confirmed that a stationhouse officer (SHO), an assistant sub inspector (ASI), and two constables were martyred in the line of duty while protecting the ANP leaders.


Fearing a rise in the death toll, the emergency responders told Geo News many of the injured shifted to Lady Reading and other hospitals are critical.


Police have launched investigation into the incident.

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iqbal khan
Why only ANP, PPP and MQM is under attack? Why Muslim League N, Imran khan and Jumat islami are exempted? Can the Tahriq Taliban answer this?

Nawaz article 6 and Taliban like..

Someone has to pay the price for Corrupting the whole railway industry -

Its a shame that Pakistan is today the most insecure place to live.

Chaudhry Lamlaat
Nisar mein teri galyion ke aye watan ke jahan chali hai rasm keh koi na sar utha kay chalay jo koi chahnay wala tawaf ko niklay nazar chura kay chalay, jism-o-jaan bacha kay chalay hai ahl-e-dil kay liye ab yeh nazm-e-bast-o-kushaad ke sang wa khast muqayyad hain aur sag azaad Bohot hai zulm kay dast-e-bahana joo kay liye jo chand ahl-e-junoon tera naam lewa hain banein hain ahl-e-hawas, mudda’ii bhi, munsif bhi kisay wakeel karein, kisse munsafi chahein

Under the circumsances I don't think it would be possible for the care taker Government to conduct the elections.

M A Mujeeb
The murderers strike at will and it seems there is no law enforcing authority in the country.And some politicians want to negotiate with them instead of wiping them out with full force.

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