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June 7, 2011

Probe into Nowshera suicide bombing launched


Adeela Akmal
June 7, 2011

NOWSHERA: The security forces launched investigation into the deadly suicide blast at a bakery on The Mall Road here that left 17 people dead and 46 others wounded, official sources said Monday.
The sources said that officials of the intelligence agencies visited the spot and the entire area remained cordoned off during the day. Media personnel were not allowed to visit the site. They said that a 10-member team of the Bomb Disposal Unit led by Assistant Inspector General of Police Shafqat Malik visited the site of the occurrence and collected pieces of evidence.
Fifteen of those killed were identified while two bodies could not be recognised. Nine of the injured were discharged from hospital while the rest remained hospitalised at the Combined Military Hospital in Nowshera and the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar. Twelve of the injured were listed to be in critical condition.
On Sunday, a teenaged suicide bomber detonated explosives strapped to his body at the army-run bakery on The Mall, killing 17 people and wounding 46 others. The blast also destroyed 10 nearby shops and damaged several other buildings and vehicles.
Despite being located in the high security zone, the bomber managed to enter the bakery to carry out the suicide attack. There was great rush of people including women and children who were enjoying the barbecue when the explosion took place.
The dead included Havildar Sajjad Hussain, Subedar Mohammad Aslam, Naveed, ASC Khadim Hussain, Sunya wife of Major Tahir Ibrar, his daughter Khadija, son Mohammad Ali and niece Bushra. Sehrish Shahid, Sumera Bibi, Kamran Khan, Sameen Zia, Wazir Mohammad, Kamal Abdul Nazir and Zahoor Ahmed.
The injured included Abdul Haq, Shayan, Asadullah Kheshgi, Sitara Bibi, Yasmeen, Qadir Ali, Siraj Mohammad, Sadaf, Qayyum, Farhana, Deen Gul Afghani, Ayesha Tahir, Malik Jalal, Aaraf Bibi, Zahid Gul, Hafiz Ikram Shah, Naeem Farooq, Zewar, Abdullah, Mir Taj, Altaf, Zahoor, Major Ansar, Mohammad Jan, Khuda

Bakhsh, Mohammad Sharif, Adnan Sharif, Faiz Ali, Gohar, Bilal, Majeed, Allah Nawaz, Mohammad Shad, Rahim and Nauman Sharif.
It was learnt that the close-circuit cameras installed at the bakery were out of order because of which there was no footage of the incident.
Meanwhile, Minister for Excise and Taxation Liaquat Shabab, who belongs to Nowshera, condemned the suicide blast and said the government would compensate the injured and the heirs of those killed in the explosion.
Speaking at a press conference, he said the shopkeepers whose shops were destroyed would also be compensated for their losses.

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