Blasts in Malakand kill 15

Updated May 17, 2013 08:29pm
Rescue workers helping a man injured in the blast in Malakand. -Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi
Rescue workers helping a man injured in the blast in Malakand. -Photo by Zahir Shah Sherazi

PESHAWAR: Two bombs exploded near separate mosques after Friday prayers in Malakand Division’s Bazdara area killing 15 persons and injuring at least 100 others.

Deputy Commissioner of Malakand Amjad Ali confirmed that 15 persons were killed and dozens others injured in the two blasts.

"The explosive was a timed device planted apparently among the pillows and sheets of worshipers inside the mosque," said Amjad.

He said both mosques remained open throughout the night, which is when the culprits may have planted the bomb.

An eye witness, Aalam Khan, told that two blasts rocked the Bar Kalley and the main Jamia Masjid of the Bazdara region immediately after Friday prayers.

“At least 12 bodies were brought to the Palai Hospital whereas only 30 of the 100 or so injured were treated at the Palai Hospital. The remaining casualties were referred to Dargai and Mardan hospitals.”

Another eyewitness Israrullah said the first explosion rocked the Upper Bazdara mosque.

“People from the mosque in the Lower Bazdara area immediately rushed to the site of the first blast. This is when the second blast rocked the Lower Bazdara mosque,” he said.

The second explosion causes the roof of the other mosque to collapse, killing one person.

“The huge blast occurred as soon as the prayer leader had finished the Friday sermon,” said Waseem, a young boy injured in the explosion.

Nine of the injured are being treated at Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, while fifteen were being treated at Dargai Hospital, where the condition of some of the patients were said to be critical.

Security forces imposed a curfew in the area which is 35 to 40 kilometres to the border of Buner District. An emergency was also imposed in Dargai and Mardan Hospitals.

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May 17, 2013 06:08pm

its a sad news and i feel deep sympathy for the families who fell victim in this heinous act. but...

this is what happens when you allow terror to breed in your home hoping to use it as a weapon against others.

"jo log dusro ki kabar khodade hain wo khud hi usme sama jaate hai"


May 17, 2013 07:02pm

Why doesn't the military simply move these guys somewhere else. They know where they are because they are supplying, training and housing them. Why not move them to the top of K2.

Ram Mohan Roy
May 17, 2013 08:01pm

@chetan: It is not NAYA Pakistan . It is the same old Pakistan before election.

May 17, 2013 08:53pm

It's sad to hear but we must realise that this region is again getting in some militancy. A timely action and precautions need to be implemented.

Ram Krishan Sharma
May 18, 2013 12:03am

Sorry for the families of 15 people killed by bomb blasts in two separate Mosques.. Does anyone know who carried out this crime? Most probably they are Pakistani Muslims. Have you ever heard of Jews killing Jews in a Synagogue Or Christians killing Christians in a Church or Hindus killing Hindus in a Temple or Budhists killing Budhists in a Temple or Sikhs killing Sikhs in a Gurudwara. Muslims are supposed to be the followers of Religion of Peace?

Aftab Kenneth Wilson
May 18, 2013 01:21am

Now do we need any enemy from anywhere? All what we see is only within us.

krishna prasad
May 18, 2013 02:29am

Where is Rahman Malik? Is it still enemy from outside? Do tell the people and they know now who the enemy and victims are. Poor people going for worship are targetted. Why parties remain silent when 1000s suffer in the name of "Jihad" . Start working to get this fixed now. Government and rulers miserably failed in countering this.

May 18, 2013 03:36am

pakistan goes boom boom, u guys deserve it.

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