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Car bomb kills 17 people in Darra Adam Khel

-Photo by Zahir Shah Sheerazi

PESHAWAR: A car bomb tore through a crowded bazaar outside an office for anti-Taliban tribal elders Saturday in Darra Adam Khel— a town located between Kohat and Peshawar— killing at least 17 people, officials said. 

The blast was the latest to strike the troubled area near the Afghan border, showing militants still pose a threat to the stability of key US ally Pakistan despite government offensives against the Taliban and their supporters.

No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the Pakistani Taliban have staged similar attacks in the tribal region of Darra Adam Khel to punish elders for backing security forces in offensives against militants.

The explosives-laden car was parked near the office of one of anti-Taliban peace committees that have been formed by local elders trying to rid the area of militants, regional government administrator Fakhruddin Khan said.

It was unclear how many people were in the office at the time, but Khan said those killed included tribal elders and passers-by.       He said 40 people also were wounded and the attack destroyed 35 shops and eight vehicles.

The dead and wounded, including some in critical condition, had been transported to hospitals in Peshawar.

The region, which is in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, is famous for its weapons market selling guns made by local craftsmen.

Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain blamed the Pakistani Taliban, noting the fundamentalist Islamic movement also had tried to kill a 14-year-old girl who is an advocate of education for girls and a critic of the Taliban. Malala Yousufzai was shot and wounded by a Taliban gunman in the Swat Valley on Tuesday.

The attack has drawn widespread condemnation.

Hussain urged the federal government to consider launching a “decisive operation against terrorists” to eliminate the militants.

“These Taliban have killed our innocent people in so many attacks. They are still killing our people. Instead of wasting time, we should hit them back, and we should do it as early as possible to save the precious lives of our innocent girls like Malala Yousufzai,” he told reporters in Peshawar.

Dawn.com’s correspondent Zahir Shah Sherazi also contributed to reporting from Peshawar.


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Shirin
Oct 13, 2012 04:29pm
The drones have escalated the war needlessly and given Taliban the much needed manpower. They were on the run after losing their economic/military/political headquarters in Kabul. The drones have helped them get the badly needed support from the villagers and locals at the border. You are really not very smart. You must be a republican.
Umber
Oct 13, 2012 01:30pm
No drones please, we need carpet bombing.
Khan Usafzai
Oct 13, 2012 05:14pm
Bomb everywhere they are not just FATA or KP ....Also include Punjab where they are running offices and collecting donations and doing political rallies ...
Shirin
Oct 13, 2012 04:31pm
sure they'll make the mistake again and again and again.....just like Americans. The arrogant man never learns. Always pride comes before the fall.
Malik (USA)
Oct 13, 2012 04:47pm
Is Pakistan Army going to do something about these Taliban? or are they waiting for the US. army to intervene and assist?
Aarvey, India
Oct 13, 2012 02:09pm
Wrong! American drones are killing the Taliban and the Taliban are killing innocent people.
Ravindra sanap
Oct 13, 2012 08:25am
American drones & Taliban bombs both are killing innocent people.
saju
Oct 13, 2012 03:52pm
Why every day with mind burning news in Pak,in killing, but It shall be appriciate acknowledge and respond with her age of girl of 14, but not by any of pak politican or religioest leader or any citizen of this beautifull country, as they are afraid thaliban, next number may their, this is the basic prob,in my view, if you agree. as I knew all pakistan citizan citizen are proud with their position at home and cities, but not generic when it comes on common agenda, similar tothe act of ostrich in desert.however your internal matter, but you are our brother and sisters as your gene is same as Indian, only you departed with hidden agenda of your leaders.
muhammadasifpatentexaminer
Oct 15, 2012 07:37am
very Sad Muhammad Asif Patent Examiner
Peaches
Oct 13, 2012 03:44pm
The Law & order scenario in Pakistan has taken an octogenarian shape. The brave elders of the town, who laid their lives to thwart terror activities of these monsters are commendable. God bless their souls to rest in eternal peace. When the headache becomes incurable through ordinary means then surgery or surgical strikes with full might and will of the State and the nation becomes inevitable.The nation is tired of shouldering dead bodies, be they our respectable tribesmen or an ordinary citizen elsewhere in the country, It is yet to be seen when the State fulfills its obligation towards the masses.
Haroon
Oct 13, 2012 03:40pm
Every one is wrong, it is not the Americans (infact they are helping us) but the Pak military which is responsible for this carnage by delaying offensive in N waziristan and playing good and bad Taliban.
Muhammad Alvi
Oct 13, 2012 07:11pm
That seems to be the only solution.
Disgusted
Oct 13, 2012 07:41pm
It happens so often that I wonder if people think this is a normal way of life. I find it amazing that there is so little outrage, and so little action against these murderers.
Parveen
Oct 13, 2012 07:03am
"is this is your destiny" kya aise he marte rahoge...
muhammadasifpatentexaminer
Oct 13, 2012 10:23pm
O Allah, Please Save us, and Bless us too. Muhammad Asif Patent Examiner
Cyrus Howell
Oct 13, 2012 06:44am
The Taliban's answer is always Bomb The People. America's Answer is, We told you so. The attempted assassination of Malala had nothing to do with drones. It was an internal affair.
zafar
Oct 14, 2012 03:44am
I contniue to wonder why does the general population of pakistan still support illiterate mullahs' in their local mosques and their weekly addresses in friday prayers which are filled with message of hate and backwardness instead of lessons of love for all, honesty and encouraging innovation?
Syed Hussain
Oct 13, 2012 12:17pm
Still, the government will keep quite and wait for the time till everything is covered with the dust of time and forgotten. When the criminals are accepting their deeds of klling and shooting the innocent people on any self assigned reason why the government is not moving ahead and arresting all of them and bringing them to gallows after a very short process. The authorities know all about the movements of Taliban and similars then there is no problem in going ahead and catching them. The authorities should treat them mercilessly. Concerned authorities dealing with terrorism and and genocides should be given full power to deal with all the terrorist groups and the concerned courts should not show any sympathies and complete the process against them within a week's time in granting them no other punishment than a severe capital punishment to be carried out immediately..See how Iran and South Korea have dealt with their difficult situation. But the government does not do it because some of the top elites are themselves moving in the same shoes as those of Talibans.
Yawar
Oct 13, 2012 12:50pm
Those who say our focus should not be the attack on Malala but rathar all attacks in Pakistan, please come out and openly condemn this attack in very clear terms. And please dont generalize by saying "whoever has done it should be punished." The Taliban made a mistake by claiming the attack on Malala. They will not make that mistake again.
Zitzi
Oct 13, 2012 09:06am
You are one ignorant person. By allowing you so much latitude Dawn has made a clown out of you. But will will never know.