Blasts in Pakistan
Posted by The Mindset on May 9, 2012
Old news but still good to read
PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber struck near a crowded market in Bajaur, a tribal area close to Afghanistan border, on Friday, killing 20 people including security personnel and leaving more than 50 wounded. Bajaur is where the Pakistan military has launched many of its offensives against the al-Qaidalinked Pakistani Taliban, the most serious security threat to the country.
At least three of the dead were policemen, including a senior officer, said an official. The terror group Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide attack issuing a sadistic statement, “It is stated with pleasure that Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan accept with courage the responsibility of martyr attack in Khar, Bajaur Agency.”
Officials said that early Friday morning in Khar, the headquarters of Bajaur tribal region, a teenage suicide bomber ran into a group of paramilitary troops and detonated his explosive vest. The troops were waiting to be taken to different locations for their routine patrolling.
KHAR, Pakistan: A teenage suicide bomber targeting the police killed at least 16 people and wounded dozens when he hit a busy town square in Pakistan’s tribal belt on Friday, officials said.
Among the dead were the local chief and deputy in a tribal police force recruited by the government to help defeat the Taliban in the northwest. Such forces are frequently targeted by militants linked to the Taliban and al-Qaida.
The bomber detonated explosives strapped to his chest in a bustling square in Khar, the main town of Bajaur district, near the Afghan border. Bajaur has been one of the toughest battlegrounds in Pakistan’s fight against a northwestern Taliban insurgency.
“The death toll has risen to 16. Five of them were tribal policemen,” Abdul Haseeb, an administration official in Khar, told AFP.