RAWALPINDI: At least 13 people were killed Monday in a bomb blast near the R.A. Bazaar in Rawalpindi, a day after one of the deadliest attacks on security forces in recent years.

A further 18 people were wounded in the blast which tore through the R.A. bazaar, close to the army's General Headquarters (GHQ), at around 7.45 am.

Superintendent of Police Potohar said six army personnel and seven civilians lost their lives in the attack.

Haroon Joya, a senior police official at the scene of Monday's blast, also told reporters six soldiers and seven civilians had been killed, according to news agency AFP.

“It was a suicide attack; we are collecting evidence from the spot. We have collected some body parts suspected to be of the suicide bomber,” he said.

Earlier, the top government official in Rawalpindi, Sajid Zafar Dall, said 18 people were wounded in the blast.

“The attack occurred when children were going to school. Our initial assessment is that the bomber was possibly on a bicycle and he then approached the target on foot,” Dall said.

The injured persons were taken to nearby hospitals and several were said to be in a critical condition.

Eyewitnesses describe the power of the explosion

The blast left the market place a mess of twisted shutters and rubble, with pieces of human flesh scattered on the ground, an AFP reporter said.

A bomb disposal officer said the device used five kg (11 pounds) of “very high quality” explosives and was packed with ball bearings and iron shards to cause maximum carnage.

“I was reading a newspaper after opening my shop and all of a sudden I heard a big blast,” said Liaqat Ali, a grocery shop owner near the site.

“The intensity of the blast threw me off my chair. I rushed outside and saw smoke and smoke everywhere. I saw injured lying and screaming on ground.”

Police and commandos cordoned off the area as ambulances took wounded to a nearby military hospital.

TTP claims responsibility

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid claimed Monday's attack as ‘payback’ for a deadly military raid on the Lal Masjid (Red Mosque) in Rawalpindi in 2007.

“It was carried by one of our suicide bombers to take revenge for the Red Mosque massacre,” he told AFP.

Condemnation

President Mamnoon Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the blast.

The attack came a day after a TTP bombing, targeting a security forces convoy, killed 20 people and injured 30 others near Razmak gate in Cantt area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Bannu district on Sunday.

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tota
January 20, 2014 8:41 am

One has to critically analyze these events. Every time there is a serious blast in Afghanistan, it immediately follows spectacular blasts in Pakistan. Now my question to everyone who is reading: Why is that?

M. Siddique
January 20, 2014 8:41 am

Wake up PM and COAS, what are you waiting for. It is time to eliminate these TTP thugs. Any more blood and nation will never forgive PM and the army.

Irtiza
January 20, 2014 8:52 am

God save Pakistan.

Amir Bangash
January 20, 2014 9:28 am

An other sad incident. May Allah accept their Shahadat and grant them Janah. I think,the enemies of Islam and Pakistan are once again active and trying to destabilize the country by acts of sabotage and subversion.

Masood Haider
January 20, 2014 10:07 am

The carnage continues unabated. The rulers and other leaders fiddle, paralyzed by indecision and seduced by the foolish hope of 'negotiations' as a ruthless and savage enemy is at the gates of power and as the country is burning. It is time for the army to flex its muscle and start an operation. Far too many lives have already been lost due to the cowardice of the elected officials.

AH
January 20, 2014 10:10 am

My dua' and prayers for the parents and other victims of this heinous attack!

Saber
January 20, 2014 10:45 am

For God's sake don't show any mercy to these terrorists.

taimur
January 20, 2014 11:03 am

Very sad to hear about these 2 blasts in 2 days in Pakistan. both claimed by TTP, looks like TTP working for Afghan, and this seems tit for tat in Afghanistan. if this is the case, Pak Army must show these guys hell in the world, no talks, just crack heads of this TTP. they are becoming stronger and bolder with every passing day... Pak should launch strong operation against them no matter how many of them die, lets bring the peace once for all....

S Ali
January 20, 2014 11:29 am

Wake up Mr Prime Minister: How many more innocent lives will wake you up Mr Prime Minister. How many more soldiers lives will prompt you to take action against anti-state elements ? Can you ever negotiate from lower grounds, can you ever negotiate with anti-constitution forces, can you ever negotiate with killers of soldiers and innocent Pakistanis. For God's sake please wake up and launch full scale Army operation against Talibans.

mimi sur
January 20, 2014 11:34 am

Islamic extremism and intolerance at its peak . Only this religion and its preachers is to be blamed

aaron
January 20, 2014 11:36 am

TTP should be procesuted before any peace talk take place.

Haider
January 20, 2014 11:41 am

All these attacks, from the bombing of the General's jeep in Dir, to this latest one seem to be aimed at jolting the security forces into launching a massive operation against the millitants. The more desperate these attempts the lesser the confidence I feel in the military operation being the right solution to this menace. I, for one, strongly feel dialogue is the only way forward no matter how cowardly this stance may appear. If reactive brute force military operations were such a good idea, Musharraff would be the hero of this country rather than suffering a sorry fate as he is now. (Lal Masjid, Bugti, Waziristan)

Khurrumrasheed
January 20, 2014 11:44 am

Start Army and clean up opeartion immediately. now we should all set for this army action.

Masood Mukhtar
January 20, 2014 11:56 am

I am wondering when Pakistan Army will wake up from deep sleep and stand up against these monsters.

asgher
January 20, 2014 11:57 am

Musalman in k bomb say mar bhi jaay to shaheed hai aur shaheed martay nahi hai wo zinda hain bas ham jaantay nahi hain in mamlaat ko.

aur Allah nay wada kera hai k aisay qatilo k liey dozakh ki aag khoob bharakti hui tayyar hai

Taimur
January 20, 2014 11:58 am

shameful for government which has failed to provide security to its people.Nawaz Sharif, Imran Khan, Munawaar Hassan, Sami ul Haq and Fazal ur Rehman should either go to Taliban themselves for dialogue or should give up hypocricy

Truth
January 20, 2014 12:24 pm

Strong Military/Police/Civlian action against these criminal is MUST starting today PM.

Bilal
January 20, 2014 12:52 pm

And the government still wants to go ahead with peace talks after what's happened? the only way is to use force against them. Negotiations will not work !!!!!!!!!!

Hussain
January 20, 2014 1:32 pm

Those who are beating the drum of negotiating with TTP, particularly PTI chairman Imran Khan, should not fool around the masses..... TTP wants their distorted ideology implemented in Pakistan, period! Would Imran Khan like to live under such a regime? if not then he should come clear what he wants for millions of Pakistani's through dialogue with these savages?

Rahimuddin
January 20, 2014 2:04 pm

Please, Dear Muslim Brothers think with deep mind about your Society betterment, it is burning from both side the muslims only. nothing more.

Shashank Misra
January 20, 2014 3:09 pm

To, Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid.

That's alright Sir. But I hope you haven't changed your mind about talks to end this issue peacefully.

Tariq iqbal
January 20, 2014 3:28 pm

This is totaly wrong!! Enough is enough!! Our blood is being shed like its sooo cheap! Military should step in and call in the tanks and make a stand!! Fightback now or there will be no pakistan left!

Sheraz
January 20, 2014 3:29 pm

Why we are waiting for the dialogue with this animals. They got no humanity. On which basis they are asking for talk. We should fire them back with full force and teach them a strict lesson that we have got no sympathy for them at all. Kill them on spot

khanm
January 20, 2014 4:46 pm

Fail to understand the concept of suicide. is it inspirational, motivational, dire desire to go to heaven, hopelessness, for whatever suicide is destructive, avoiding civilized solutions. All I would say in the end, Suicidal terrorists may have short shelf lives. Wish they would live longer to find the civilized solutions to the problems.

Feroz
January 20, 2014 5:35 pm

Are the Police and Military in such deep slumber that they are not able to sniff out TTP and their sympathizers from under their noses, or are they hand in glove with the terrorists ?

Fareed
January 20, 2014 6:17 pm

'President Mamnoon Hussain and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain strongly condemned the blast.' Seems it is the only & routine answer we have against terrorism. Former safely bunkered in the president house, latter in safe sanctuary of London. No one here to lead a charge against terrorists.

Daanish Khan
January 20, 2014 6:59 pm

so sad, thats why we Kashmiris prefer to stay with India, not Pakistan. Everyday, there is a bomb blast in Pakistan. Laden was also found meters away from general's house. Its a banana republic. We Indians, on the other hand are growing, faster than majority of other countries and hold a super power status.

Ishrat salim
January 20, 2014 9:09 pm

Bombing took place in front of GHQ gate...jo govt aur fauj apene ghar ki hifazat nahi kar sakte woh mulk aur away ki kia hifazat karenge......Shame ! doob maro.....this is the second time....once inside n today near the gate...'.

Iqbal
January 20, 2014 9:18 pm

The government, JI, IK, JUI(F) and JUI(S) still want to hold negotiations with Taliban ? Why ? Whose side are they on ?

Sakthivel
January 22, 2014 10:11 am

Pakistan army have to pay the price.... A lot....

g sam
January 22, 2014 2:23 pm

@Rahimuddin: Those brethren are not online.

Jav
January 23, 2014 1:01 am

@Sakthivel : Price of what? defending Our beloved mother land from Zoinst supported Mafia? Salute and respect to these son of land

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