Saturday, February 6, 2016

Deadly Blast Rocks Pakistan's Balochistan


Feb 06, 2016




  • The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack

 


A bomb blast has rocked southwestern Pakistan, killing at least seven people and wounding 35.

Pakistani officials told RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal on February 6 that a convoy of Frontier Corp troops was targeted in the attack in Quetta, the provincial capital of restive Balochistan Province.

Muhammad Khurasani, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban militant group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Officials said the dead and injured included both security personnel and civilians.

Security forces have cordoned off the area and the injured have been taken to a nearby hospital.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Similar attacks in the past have been blamed on Baloch separatists who have been waging a low-intensity insurgency for years, demanding autonomy or outright independence for the mineral and gas-rich province.


Based on reporting by Express Tribune and Dunya News

http://www.rferl.org/content/deadly-blast-pakistan-balochistan/27535869.html


Suicide attack kills eight in Balochistan

 

 February 6, 2016
 


A top provincial police official, Imtiaz Shah, confirmed it was a suicide attack and said the attacker blew himself up near a vehicle belonging to the Balochistan Frontier Corps.

At least eight people were killed and 35 others injured in a blast targeting a security forces' vehicle in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan, on Saturday, Dawn reported.

A top provincial police official, Imtiaz Shah, confirmed it was a suicide attack and said the attacker blew himself up near a vehicle belonging to the Balochistan Frontier Corps.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists, however,the claim could not be verified.

Earlier, provincial home secretary Akbar Durrani said said: "We can not ascertain right now whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device or a suicide attack."

Television footage showed several wounded Frontier Corps personnel being shifted from the scene.

Quetta is the provincial capital of Balochistan. The province has been experiencing incident violence and targeted killings since more than a decade.

The largest province of the country by area, is home to a low-level insurgency by ethnic Baloch separatists. Al Qaeda-linked and sectarian militants also operate in the region.

The province shares borders with Afghanistan and Iran.


http://www.khaleejtimes.com/international/pakistan/four-killed-in-balochistan-blast 

10 killed in Quetta blast targeting FC

February 6, 2016

Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Soldiers examine the site of a bomb explosion that targeted a security convoy in Quetta on February 6, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

QUETTA: At least 10 people including four security personnel, a woman and child were killed and 23 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack on Saturday in Quetta.

According to details, security personnel convoy comprising a truck and two vehicles was on a routine patrolling on the Adalat Road of Quetta city when a bicycle rider targeted it, killing ten people.

A large number of policemen rushed to the spot shortly after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta.


http://tribune.com.pk/story/1041489/four-injured-in-quetta-blast-3/ 



There’s a method in Taliban madness

 Feb 6, 2016



QUETTA:  Security person helping his injured colleague at the site of attack on FC vehicle by a suicide bomber in front of Katchehri. ONLINE PHOTO by Ahmad Kakar
 

  • Taliban bomber kills 9 in Quetta suicide attack.
  • Four FC personnel among those killed as suicide bomber riding bicycle detonates explosives near FC vehicle.

At least 9 people, including four security personnel, a woman and child were killed and 23 others sustained injuries in a suicide attack on Saturday in Quetta.

According to details, a security personnel convoy comprising a truck and two vehicles was on a routine patrolling on the Adalat Road of Quetta city when a bicycle rider targeted it, killing 9 people.

A large number of policemen rushed to the spot shortly after the incident and cordoned off the area. The deceased and injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital Quetta.

The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The TTP’s TSG unity carried out the attack that targeted the convoy of security forces,” Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said in a statement.

DIG Police Quetta Sayed Imtiaz Shah said around 12 to 15 kg explosive material was used in the blast.

Around five vehicles, four motorcycles and three rickshaws were damaged due to the blast. The window panels of the nearby offices were also destroyed.

Claiming that the attack was aimed at damaging the CPEC project, Balochistan Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said the security forces were being targeted because of the economic corridor.

Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Sher Afgun said that the elements who are involved in terrorist activities will be eliminated.

“Action against the terrorists will be fast and will bring peace for people of Balochistan,” he said.

The deceased were identified as Mohammad Asif, 13-year-old Samreen Kurd, Hisbullah.

Injured FC personnel were identified as Naseebullah, Nazim Ali, Nasib Ali, Mohammad Arif, Abdul Hafeez, Liqaut Ali Shah, Inamullah, ZiaUllah, Shad Aman, Aishfaq, Mohammad Ashraf, Naqeeb and civilian as Abdul Wahab, Aman, Mohammad Naeem, Manzoor, Saman, Dilawar, Aehsanullah, Naqeebullah, Uzma, Mohammad Asim and police constable Mohamamd Dad Muhammad.

Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri condemned the suicide attack and expressed sorrow for the FC personnel and civilians who lost their loves.

The chief minister also announced compensation of Rs1 million for those killed and Rs500,000 for the injured.

In a statement, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the attack and directed authorities to give best medical treatment to the injured.

The PM also directed law enforcement officials to hunt down the culprits responsible for this terror attack.

“Such attacks will not deter the government’s resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country,” he said.


http://www.pakistantoday.com.pk/2016/02/06/national/blast-in-quetta-kills-8/ 


9 killed as Taliban suicide attack targets FC vehicle in Pakistan
 

Feb 06, 2016

Karachi: At least nine people, including four security personnel and an eight-year-old girl, were killed and about 40 others injured on Saturday in a Taliban suicide attack that targeted a Frontier Corps vehicle in Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's restive Balochistan province.

A powerful blast rocked the congested Kachari area of Quetta near the premises of the heavily guarded city district courts.
A powerful blast rocked the congested Kachari area of Quetta near the premises of the heavily guarded city district courts.
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At least nine people were killed and about 40 others injured when the Frontier Corps (FC) vehicle was targeted, officials said.

DIG Imtiaz Shah was quoted by Dawn News as saying that it was a suicide attack and the attacker blew himself up near a vehicle belonging to the FC.

Anwar-ul-Haq, a spokesperson for the Balochistan government, said the injured were shifted to hospitals and among them the condition of eight was critical. The Kachari area that houses the district and sessions courts, a market and a hospital, is usually packed with people and Haq said it was congested as usual when the blast took place near Liaquat park.

"Those killed included an eight-year-old girl, FC personnel and women," he said.

Haq said around eight kilogrammes of explosives was used in the attack and the blast shattered and damaged nearby buildings and the security vehicle.

"Four members of the FC have been killed in the blast, while the remaining five are locals," Home Secretary Akbar Hussain Durrani said.

The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack, media reports said. Television footage showed several wounded FC personnel being shifted from the blast site to hospitals. "We didn't have any advance threat but in the last few months, the operation against militants and insurgents has been stepped up and this is a retaliation," IG police Balochistan Mahboob Ahsan said.

The troubled Balochistan province has been hit by violence for the last few years with sectarian, terrorist groups routinely targeting government and security installations along with security personnel.
 

http://www.ibnlive.com/news/world/9-killed-as-taliban-suicide-attack-targets-fc-vehicle-in-pakistan-1200046.html

9 including security officials dead in Quetta bomb blast

 

February 6,2016 

  • 9 including 2 FC officials died, 30 injured in a bomb blast on Jinnah Road near Liaquat Park


 

QUETTA: (Dunya News) – 9 including 2 Frontier Corps (FC) officials have on Saturday died in a bomb blast on Jinnah Road, near Liaquat Park, in Quetta. 30 others got injured in the attack. An official died and three others got injured in another firing attack on police mobile on Saryab Road, reported Dunya News.

According to details, FC car was passing by Liaquat Park on Jinnah Road when the terrorists blasted a bomb near the car. Most of those dead included the common passersby. The injured also included the common people predominantly, though FC officials were also injured. The injured also include women and kids.

Several cars including FC truck were completely destroyed in the attack. Glass and windows of the nearby building were broken. Horrendous scenes were also observed at the hospital as injured were taken there. Several of the injured are in critical condition.

Balochistan Home Secretary told that a biker collided with the FC car that caused a massive explosion.

Balochistan government’s spokesperson Anwaar ul-Haq Kakar said that the facilitators of the terrorists will be targeted with full strength.

Earlier, terrorists opened fire at a police mobile on Saryab Road, killing 1 official and injuring 3 others.

Strongly condemning both the incidents, President, Prime Minister, Governor and Balochistan CM have said that the terrorists will be pursued till their elimination.
 

http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/321496-9-including-security-officials-dead-in-Quetta-bomb

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