Residents gather at the site of twin bomb explosions in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal region. — Photo by AFP
Residents gather at the site of twin bomb explosions in Parachinar, the main town of Kurram tribal region. — Photo by AFP

PESHAWAR: A new militant group by the name of Ansarul Mujahideen has claimed responsibility for the Parachinar attack which has left at least 57 dead and around 180 injured and says this is their first attack outside Waziristan.

Speaking to Dawn.com from an undisclosed location, a spokesman for Ansarul Mujahideen, Abu Baseer, said the group had been set up to respond to US drone strikes.

Baseer said the organisation was “very clear” about its mission, adding that “with each drone attack, we will be responding with a suicide attack…we have done it and shown it”.

He said the recent suicide attacks on Esha check post, Boya check post and Damdail check post were carried out by Ansarul Mujahideen in retaliation to US drone strikes, adding that these would continue.

Pakistan’s official position on drone attacks says these are counter productive and undermine government efforts to separate tribes from militants, violate Pakistan’s sovereignty, kill civilians and fuel anti-US sentiment.

Regarding yesterday’s twin blasts, Baseer said the attacks had been carried out in reaction to “the atrocities committed against the majority Sunni population in Iraq and Syria”, adding that the Ansarul Mujahideen would target “those who somehow support” these atrocities.

Parachinar is some 250 kilometres west of Peshawar and has a population of 50,000. In the wake of sectarian clashes in 2007, the army and paramilitary forces set up several checkpoints on roads leading to the town.

Kurram, the tribal region of which Parachinar is the main town, the only part of Pakistan's border region that has a significant Shia population, has been racked by sectarian violence.


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Aamir
Jul 27, 2013 05:23pm

Now another dimension. Pak Foj tujhe salam. Tere hote hoe dushman ki zaroorat nahi

Ali
Jul 27, 2013 05:29pm

What a twisted logic! These religious thugs should be wiped out before they fully succeed.

FM
Jul 27, 2013 05:33pm

To protest the killing of our people by others, we will kill more of our own people ! Very logical indeed !!

Jawwad
Jul 27, 2013 06:14pm

Right. It is the Pakistan Public with their fingers on remote controls to send drones their way. Why not tell the truth and say these terrorists are basically paid killers waiting from orders from top to wreak mayhem for whomever pays the most.

Ali Wali
Jul 27, 2013 06:21pm

Are drones launched from Shia mosques, homes or bazars? The answer is No. This is simply a genocide against Shia PERIOD.

Ali Hashim
Jul 27, 2013 06:28pm

I am sorry but I lost you after reading your headline on this incident. Could you please explain how the bombing could be related to drone attacks as your headline description of the group that claimed responsibility for this bombing seems to imply.

It would be nice to know whether the group itself called it an anti drone activity or is this just the SPIN you put on it to divert attention from the fact that this was a sectarian ANTI SHIA attack like many others in the area?

If it was the latter then I would have thought that it is the responsibility of the press to report it as such.

Shahbuddin
Jul 27, 2013 06:31pm

Rogues - in what way Shias are related to the drone strikes. They did not find any other reason to kill people just as they kill animals during Ramadan. Both cannot defend themselves.

whitesky
Jul 27, 2013 06:33pm

Extremists are trying the ethnic cleansing . This may lead to a further division in the society and also the provinces. seeds of hate are bearing fruits. .

Sam
Jul 27, 2013 06:40pm

What is this nonsense these kind of terrorists groups say that they kill innocent Muslims n residents of this country Booz of drone strikes when the normal people don't have a say in it n none of their fault. And what is that they always communicate to the media that they informed from an INDISCLOSED LOCATION, in today's modern warfare n with the technology why their location could not be found, see how the US took OBL from abbotabad.......and I hate n become anger that the security agencies and most of the political parties including PTI say whenever this type of attack happens that's its in retaliation of drone strikes I say that's cowardly statements n behavior on their behalf as to excuse of their failure......killing innocent people for US actions is wrong and these politicians n security person should resign n let people come or take charge who can save the innocent people. I ask the present N league govt to do something about it as they say they have a big mandate......it's easy to read in newspaper that people died but only those can feel the pain n suffering who lost a closed n loved one in this messy n dirty war and in ask all of u for what?

khan
Jul 27, 2013 07:12pm

What a jihadi group, they want to stop frone strikes by killing its own people. Mr jihadists how many americans u have killed so far? Obviously none of them, because you are being fed by US.

Zak
Jul 27, 2013 07:47pm

This shows the blood lust is the aim by these village hired illiterates as Islam does not permit the fact that America drone attacks these murderers and these terrorists go kill innocent Muslims and even children who have nothing to do with US

vv
Jul 27, 2013 08:03pm

totally barbaric.

Zucchinis
Jul 27, 2013 08:04pm

You say "Kurram... has been racked by sectarian violence."

Why don't you mention that the violence is mostly directed at Shia people???

nasreen
Jul 27, 2013 08:59pm

Sure--makes total sense!!! As innocent civilians are killed by drones, you'll just kill more through your own attacks? In the end it's the innocent who die while those who have an agenda carry on. You ruin your own communities quality of life--but I'm sure that makes total sense to these fools.

oh
Jul 27, 2013 09:04pm

""Regarding yesterday

Amjad Ali
Jul 27, 2013 09:16pm

The group Ansar ul Mujahideen claims they are carrying out suicide attacks in response to drone attacks. What kind of twisted logic is that. These militant groups with abundant supply of weapons and naive youths willing to give up their lives for their twisted logic have completely lost it. They claim drone attacks cause a lot of civilian deaths which is true but how is killing more civilians going to fix the problem.

Dilwer
Jul 27, 2013 09:38pm

This is exactly what is expected from uneducated masses. The place looks like a dump to begin with and then carnage and gore adding to the misery. There is only one solution and that is family planning to raise the standard of life in most of Pakistan. When would people learn? Are you people not sick and tired of killing each other?

Waqar Khan
Jul 28, 2013 02:47am

Okay, these attacks against the US drones? what did these innocent people do that you killed them with bombs? where in Islam does it state to kill innocent people, who put these ideas in your mind that killing of the innocent people were justified by these attacks? who with the right mind would do such things? May Allah hell on all Taliban, and may Allah bun them in the Hellfire, Ameen. Please US go and drone everyone of them, they don't deserve to live, Hope the whole Pakistan gets united and take up their arms against these killers. Please help....shia, or Sunni one Muslim, if you have to attack, go attack the US or NATOs, not the innocent people of Pakistan...

Yousaf
Jul 28, 2013 03:39am

Their statement makes me want to support drone attacks.

asdf
Jul 29, 2013 08:54am

two wrongs definitely make a right.

usman
Jul 29, 2013 10:37am

@oh: they are tribal people with no education , no internet, no cable network how in the world are they going to know what is happening in iraq or syria.they have nothing to do with international politics. they dont know the dynamics of international politics. they dont even know who is fighting who in iraq or syria. so their point (talibans) doesnot hold any water and is basically nonsence to say the least.

klassthepirate
Jul 29, 2013 10:48am

Let's kill them with drones.

muhammad
Jul 29, 2013 04:41pm

They are cowards as their predecessors they cannot fight face to face with America and like theirs mentors in history they can only know how to kill innocent people from hiding

fdgdfg
Jul 29, 2013 06:38pm

@Amjad Ali: It's an understandable logic. If the US values innocent lives, they will stop drone strikes. The way current drone strikes operate seek to hit a certain target. Now if that target is within a civilian hut with women and children, the Specialist operating the MQ-1 or the MQ-1 from Fort Hood is still going to launch that ordnance. He doesn't care about collateral damage because he gets his orders from the top. Standard military chain of command. But if the politicians see that for every 1 'target' they kill, another 25+ civilians die, they might have to re-evaluate the SOPs created by task force commanders. Or they won't and the US will have civilian blood on their hands, I don't care. I'm not American, I have my own problems to deal with instead of worrying about policing the world and the consequences that follows.

US CENTCOM
Jul 29, 2013 09:17pm

IBN-E-ASHFAQUE
Jul 29, 2013 09:37pm

This group is an enemy of humanity and is sponsored by the force who sends the drones over Pakistan. That way the enemy of Pakistan is killing Pakistanis via drones and also killing Pakistanis via reacting against drones. This is a challenge for our intelligence agencies to track and eliminate this group. May Allah give sabr to the dependents of those killed.

Dufus Dorko
Jul 29, 2013 11:19pm

The use of drones to kill innocents is not face-to-face, Right?

Yawar
Jul 30, 2013 08:45am

Their hatred for Shias is no hidden fact. All these subhuman barbarians want to do is kill as many Shias as they can for whatever excuse they can come up with. Lets not kid ourselves, today they use the excuse of drones, tomorrow it will be something else.

NMA
Jul 30, 2013 01:57pm

We seriously need to educate our ppl....

What can one say of someone who thinks the best way to protest drones killing ppl in one part of Pakistan is to use a suicide bomber to kill ppl in another part of Pakistan........

I can see someone having a serious laugh about this somewhere........

sudeep
Jul 30, 2013 03:00pm

Stop bombing our people - or else, I will bomb our own people some more!

Am I the only one who cannot get his head around this twisted logic?