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Suicide attack at Islamabad mosque foiled; bomber gunned down

Updated Aug 09, 2013 05:15pm


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Photo shows an aerial view of Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan.—File Photo
Photo shows an aerial view of Islamabad, the federal capital of Pakistan.—File Photo
A police official displays explosives next to the body of the suicide bomber at the mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad on August 9, 2013.—AFP Photo
A police official displays explosives next to the body of the suicide bomber at the mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad on August 9, 2013.—AFP Photo
Islamabad has been under high security alert amid  threats of attacks by terrorists.—Photo by Online
Islamabad has been under high security alert amid threats of attacks by terrorists.—Photo by Online
Television cameramen record footage of explosives and the body of the suicide bomber inside the mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad on August 9, 2013.—AFP Photo
Television cameramen record footage of explosives and the body of the suicide bomber inside the mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad on August 9, 2013.—AFP Photo

ISLAMABAD: A major terrorism attempt was foiled Friday afternoon when a suicide bomber was gunned down at a Shia mosque in the federal capital Islamabad.

According to initial reports, the suspected bomber was trying to enter the Imambargah in Bara Kahu a village on the northeastern outskirts of Islamabad, when he was stopped by security guards.

“A suicide bomber targeted a Shia mosque on the outskirts of Islamabad in Bhara Kahu area but could not explode himself due to timely interception by a private security guard,” police officer Nasir Mehmood told news agency AFP.

“The guard opened fire on the bomber as he entered the mosque and killed him. He could not explode his jacket.”

Another police official, Majeed-ur-Rehman, said a guard was killed in an exchange of fire with the bomber before he was shot dead. Another police official confirmed the death.

TV channels showed the body of the bomber lying in the main prayer hall of the mosque. Two cables going up from his left arm could also be seen.

Senior Superintendent of Police Operation Dr Rizwan told a TV channel that the mosque was later sealed off by police personnel and that the bomb disposal squad was called in to clear the area of any explosives.

Pakistan has been gripped by a surge in sectarian violence in recent years.

Security has been beefed up in Islamabad and the rest of the country due to threats of terrorist attacks on the Muslim holy day of Eid ul Fitr, which is being celebrated in Pakistan on Friday.

This was the second major attack on the same day. At least 10 people were killed and many others injured earlier on Friday morning when gunmen attacked worshipers during Eidul Fitr prayers at a mosque in Quetta, the capital of restive Balochistan province.

The attacks came a day after a suicide bomber targeted a police funeral and killed at least 30 people, mostly police officers, in the same city. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Thursday's bombing.


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MSA Aug 09, 2013 04:03pm

Do you believe that the present government is capable of or sincerely doing any thing about the problems of the country. I believe that it is usual politics going on.

Khurram Aug 09, 2013 04:38pm

A suicide bomber was gunned down and that's it. No news on who that person was. What's his history. Who he used to work for etc etc. Not even a report to inform us that someone is working on identifying him.

Tausif Aug 09, 2013 04:57pm

In this war, the sacrifices of police are huge. The police need to be appreciated and encouraged. This is high time that we transform our police from the protocol/Yes-sir/Hazir-Janab peacetime entity into a real fighting force focused only (and only) on the security of the citizens of this country. More than 60% of the police in Pakistan have been taken hostage by the elites- the politicians, ministers, bureaucrats etc. and are using them as their personal security guards. We need to free the police from these elites and bring them back to serve the masses. Moreover, the police need a strong intelligence agency with huge resources on the lines of the FBI....I can even suggest a name ...i.e., PPI (Pakistan Police Intelligence) ...this institution should be independent and have headquarters in every Tehsil of the country and there should be an inter-provincial coordination committee of the PPI to exchange information about criminals 24/7. Moreover, the PPI needs to work together in the same spirit with the Political Agents in the tribal areas. Only a little bit positive use of our resources can make the police a real force. It will also keep the army safer by keeping them away from public places....

Hasan Viqar Aug 09, 2013 06:36pm

The government of Pakistan and the army are totally incompetent to tackle the terrorism in the country. The terrorist will take over Pakistan one day !

Hasan Viqar Aug 09, 2013 06:36pm

The government of Pakistan and the army are totally incompetent to tackle the terrorism in the country. The terrorist will take over Pakistan one day !

Agha Asad Raza Aug 09, 2013 06:51pm

Killing these mad men in the only solution!!

kulukkubaba Aug 09, 2013 08:26pm

Sad to see the killing before the killing.

Imran Aug 09, 2013 09:00pm

May Allah grant Jannat to those who perished while protecting their fellow citizens.

S. A. M. Aug 09, 2013 09:01pm

Good Job security Guard you gave your life to save the lives of so many other people. you did not care that it was Eid for your family too and by your maryrdom your family's Eid and lives forever have been saddened. Don't have words to express the deep gratitude for your sacrifice which sent the attacker to hell before he could committ the felony. I hope the survivors will show the due generoisty towards the family of the Shaheed Securty Guard to encourgae the other guards that if something happens to their lives their loved ones won't suffer.

shafiq khan Aug 09, 2013 09:32pm

i wish peace and prosperity prevail in pakistan..

muzammil ullah khan Aug 09, 2013 09:36pm

How does a failed state look ? Does it resemble Pakistan ?

A Wali Aug 09, 2013 10:02pm

Compliments for such a marvelous achievements . Kaiadee Azam would be proud of the amount of sacrifice every PAKISTANI has to make for their dream land to move forward in all spheres. The knowhow and the technical achievements of PAKISTAN compared to other Islamic countries specially in the field of arms and ammunitions are commendable .We are the race blessed by Ghauri, Gazanavi. Abdali May ALLHA bless us FURTHER with abundance ,courage and wisdom to continue on this path to glory & martyrdom

hassan Aug 09, 2013 10:16pm

salute to the security personnel, the real brave ones.

Forth Right Aug 09, 2013 10:21pm

Before getting to the main cause lets look at the scenario. In Pakistan and Afghanistan usually the people who cannot become anything else in life can become an Imam. When people cant afford their 11th or 27th son they send them to Madrassah. So its our fault to leave the religion to the people who have so much hatred against the society. Hatred against anybody who is either educated or better of. Anyone who can speak English or doesnt have a beard. Hatred against different sect, nationality, religions because that what they were taught. For Pakistan to get out of this whirlwind they will have to denounce terrorism or against the sects first. Separate the Mosque and the government. And advise or ban the religious parties from manipulating people and government. Second step will be for the people to support a sect free environment. Dont give charity to people who promote certain sect. All Muslims united is the only way out of it. If one group commit any crime against any other sect. Freeze their accounts and do not let them spread hatred. Religious parties out of the way. Get the Madrassahs or religious education part of the main stream education. Same as we have engineering, medicine create department in colleges for Hifz and Islamic education. No more 4 years old in the Madrassah. No more free lunches in the name of Islam or religious education. No quota for unaccredited institutions. No marks or special treatment for them. Government should provide those so called Mullah and Hafiz some vocational training and get them to start earning a living doing actual jobs instead of spreading false Islam. If the constitution of Pakistan was create in light than there shouldn't be any room for anyone to create their own Jirga, sharia court or anything like that. Once we have the right people with both sides of education (Religion\Law) they can be assigned the duties of Judges but no separation between Executives, Judiciary, education based on religion or sect. Government should also promote idea of sect free society. Mullah should be encouraged to give sermons and tell people to treat everyone equal and Allah will decide who is right and wrong. Follow the money and you will find the culprit. People supporting these fundamentalist, terrorist and extremist are the main case. Who are they? There is an old saying that " follow the money and you will find the criminal".

Perez Aug 09, 2013 11:49pm

What insanity. Do they not read the Quran? How do they even contemplate taking a life when they will have no mercy from Allah on the day of judgement?

Parvez Aug 10, 2013 12:33am

It is astonishing that still we do nothing about the extremist madeassas and mosques which spew hatered and brainwash potential terrorists into killing other human beings in the name of religion.

Ahmed Kazmi Aug 10, 2013 02:00am

Well done Guard, you certainly have saved smiles of many faces. May you rest in Peace. Thumbs Up !!

sherie Aug 10, 2013 02:29am

one down, many cowards to go. blessed be the soul of the guard who saved many lives, ameen.

Raza Aug 10, 2013 02:53am

One dirt bag down many more to go. Good job done by the security guard. May his soul enter the Heaven -- Ameen!!

I hope the nation rewards the family of this security guard who gave his life guarding the other people's lives!!

JAVED RAHMAN Aug 10, 2013 06:51am

I salute to that security guard who killed the suicide bomber and saved many innocent lives.The family of that guard should be compensated , and taken care of . I know there is no compensation for the loss of human life , but what else can be done?

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Imtiaz Hydari Aug 10, 2013 02:11pm

There is only one way to deal with sectarian violence. Use the full force of the law on the perpetrators and do so with urgency and effectively. Smash any organization that uses violence and force. For a long time now we have LEJ creating havoc with senseless killings of innocent people. The Govenment must deal with these cowards and thugs without showing any mercy. What are we waiting for?

zauq Aug 10, 2013 04:36pm

Instant killing of these duffers is the remedy for terrorists. These indoctrinated animals have no legal or constitutional rights. We are in a state of war and the rebels, foreign trained agents and traitors should not be tried in any court. The main aim of our enemy is to destabilize Pakistan through such activities. To save themselves from rebuttal they use media, foreign agents in media and other means. But when it comes to them they slaughter mercilessly their captives, char the bodies of innocent people and destroy the property of the state. These people as well their supporters in media must be hanged publicly. Implement this panacea for a fortnight and your will see the results.

Barbara Aug 10, 2013 04:58pm

Pakistan is such a beautiful country with welcoming citizens ,I hope they can soon put an end to this senseless violence and let their beautiful children live a life full of peace

Ragu Aug 10, 2013 05:01pm

How come a killing on Eid, that too killing those coming to prayers, does not draw any FATWAS from any mullahs; However, the same Mullahs jump up and down and call for revenge even at the slightest unverified rumor of a violation by others.

amar Aug 10, 2013 06:41pm

peace in Pakistan will only come if all sects are given respect. nobody is today ready to live by the principle of Islam. It is any time good living those principles then dying following wrong notions

Saad Aug 10, 2013 10:35pm

Brilliant work from the security guard at the mosque. We need more brave souls like him. He saved countless number of lives. May he rest in peace.

Talat Ali Aug 11, 2013 02:48pm

I wish that the police investigator would be sent in a uniform of overalls. Coming in shalwar kameez is very degrading when we see these picture in a foreign country or even in Pakistan. Round the world these people wear uniforms with the name of the outfit at the back. Being a poor state is one thing but looking like a stupid and filthy one is another. Similarly when you land in Pakistan the luggage staff that bring the luggage from the aircraft are in shalwar kameez. This looks unprofessional to say the least but it is very dangerous practice as any one can walk in especially when the country is in a state of war, It seems that the administrators have no sense of any sort.

falcon Aug 11, 2013 07:07pm

@Talat Ali: you missed rest of the news I guess..Pakistan is facing problems greater in magnitude then shalwar kameez.

kazim ali Aug 12, 2013 03:18pm

In my opinion the security guard's family should be rewarded heavily by all means (wealth, luxuries etc) both by the govt. n people of Pakistan. This won't bring back that brave security guard but it'll definitely encourage other security personnels both on govt n private level who are dealing with these kind of issues & for the security guard well; HE'S DONE A REMARKABLE JOB n MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE....... AMEEN. Moreover i request the media and other officials to kindly refer him as a 'Martyr'.