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Suicide bomber kills 17 at Charsadda court, TTP Jamatul Ahrar claims responsibility

Updated Mar 07, 2016 06:03pm
A policeman looks for evidence after a suicide attack in the courthouse of Shabqadar. ─ Reuters
A policeman looks for evidence after a suicide attack in the courthouse of Shabqadar. ─ Reuters

PESHAWAR: At least 17 people were killed in an explosion in the premises of a local court in Charsadda's Shabqadar area on Monday, hospital sources said.

The Jamatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack in an email sent to journalists, saying the attack was carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, killer of former Punjab Governor Salman Taseer.

The blast left at least 30 people injured, while two police personnel and a woman were among the dead.

Site of the blast on the map.—Google maps Site of the blast on the map.—Google maps

Official sources at the Shabqadar Hospital told DawnNews they received 13 bodies, while the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar received four.

District Police Officer Sohail Khalid told DawnNews that the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The attacker was intercepted by policemen stationed at the court gate as he was attempting to enter the sessions court premises.

The cops fired at the attacker who detonated his explosives with a loud bang. At least 17 people, including two policemen were killed while 30 others were wounded in the attack.

Eyewitnesses at the site said they heard firing after a loud blast.

The casualties were shifted to Shabqadar Hospital. Hospital administration said they received seven bodies.

At the time of the explosion, the courts were crowded after a break over the weekend.

A soldier walks past damaged vehicles. ─ AP A soldier walks past damaged vehicles. ─ AP

Some vehicles parked in the vicinity of the blast site caught fire. Efforts are being made to put the fire out.

Security and emergency teams reached the blast site and sealed the area.

Awami National Party (ANP) Zahid Khan, talking to DawnNews after the blast, criticised the provincial government for 'taking inadequate security measures'.

A damaged car at the blast site. ─ Reuters A damaged car at the blast site. ─ Reuters

Shabqadar tehsil is close to Mohmand tribal region, which is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda-linked militants were said to have carved out strongholds.

The incident comes at a time when law-enforcement agencies are said to be making gains in implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) and taking counter-terrorism measures across the country.

Volunteers rush an injured woman to a hospital in Peshawar. ─ AP Volunteers rush an injured woman to a hospital in Peshawar. ─ AP

A total of 2,159 terrorists have been killed and 1,724 arrested, data from the interior ministry showed, since NAP was launched following the TTP-claimed attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec 16, 2014.

The number of attacks in Pakistan has fallen around 70 per cent, due to a combination of the military offensive against Taliban bases along the Afghan border and government initiatives to tackle militancy, but attacks on security and civilian targets continue to occur occasionally.

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PUNE- India
Mar 07, 2016 11:37am sad...

Mar 07, 2016 11:47am

when will it stop...

Mar 07, 2016 11:47am

Pray for safety of the people.

Mar 07, 2016 11:51am

Last breaths of hell bound terrorists ....PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

Mar 07, 2016 11:56am

Another involvement of our neighbors hand.

Mar 07, 2016 12:21pm

It is time to banish tribal areas status.i am from charsadda.everyone can come to charsadda from tribal areas and afghanistan. It cannot be secured untill government do something about afghan border and tribal agencies.

Mar 07, 2016 12:23pm

Bring army in kpk aswell !

Tarannum S
Mar 07, 2016 12:27pm

Really sad. When will this menace of terrorism get over from this world? Innocents getting killed is really saddening. Condolences from India.

Mar 07, 2016 12:30pm

Bori culture in Karachi decreased a bit and this started, one hole close with another open. Poeple need safety government.

Mar 07, 2016 12:39pm

Deepest condolences to the families of the departed.

Mar 07, 2016 12:51pm

@Faisal , Too fast judgement. :(

Imran Bhatt
Mar 07, 2016 12:54pm

Eye witnesses account tells terrorist had a broken back.

Mar 07, 2016 01:10pm

Heart breaking news. Pity that ANP leader is blaming the government while unprecedented high number of blasts happened across KPK during their government. The police fired at the terrorist what else he could do.

Uzair jahan
Mar 07, 2016 01:15pm

Local people dont want peace . Why always peshawar after every 3 to 4 months. Facilitators are real enemy. Master sevurity plan needed. Stop country development road etc go for plan. 1. City cards for everylocal areas in peshwar. 2. Without informing secuitry deparments no one can stay as guest. 3. Local vehicles should be issued special Card to verify time in and out to cities with limited time period stay. 5. Chemical and other inflamable stuff can only be shiped by govrnment cargos. 6. Computarized checkpost in every city. 7. Iran and afghan boarder should be sealed at any cost 8. Stop local people to go for labour work in afghan. 9. Evacuate all afghan other than educated, doctors , engineers. 10. Visa policy for afghan and sponsor or valid reason to come and stay in pak not more than 15 days. 11. There is no terrorism if you are comitted to your work. PAK ARMY ZINDABAAD

Mar 07, 2016 01:16pm

OH ! What a tragedy again ! May the Almighty give comfort, solace and strength to bear the losses of loved ones. Enough has been said about how to destroy these violent outfits. Lot has been done, as well by violent response. However, I firmly believe that the governments at all levels must immediately put in action programs for the poor, the illiterate, unemployed, deprived to give them some quick semblance of hope to get out of the rut of poverty. Something of a welfare state. People keep hope and love for the person next door.

shehzad deora
Mar 07, 2016 01:18pm

paramilitary forces stopped the attacker at gate and casualties reduced to minimum. counter attack on terrorists should be speed up across the country

Amused Audience
Mar 07, 2016 01:26pm

Make facilitators an example. Show their hanging live to the public.

Mar 07, 2016 01:30pm

There is a great question mark on the role of the security forces. What are they doing for the last 10 years? The terrorists could be having financial support but not in billions as our security forces have. Similarly they could be thousands in number but our security forces are more than a million. How can this mighty military can't defeat a tiny force?

Mar 07, 2016 01:45pm

The Awami National Party (ANP) Zahid Khan does not miss any opportunity to blame the government. These barbaric attacks happened during ANP government. When will Pakistan politicians mature and learn to lead rather than blame others?

Mar 07, 2016 01:47pm

Why no lawyer present there?

Mar 07, 2016 02:02pm

Well done security for stopping his entry and saving a much bigger damage.

Mar 07, 2016 02:15pm

Well kill innocent people to revenge for a murderer. What a strange mentality.

Hameed Khan Jakarta
Mar 07, 2016 02:27pm

Just yesterday kpk new Governor said that the Backbone of terrorists is already broken and is big blast. Shame on Governor for being such a big lier or doesn't know anything.

Mar 07, 2016 02:27pm

Senseless killing again! what did these poor 14 people have to do with the hanging?

Mar 07, 2016 02:43pm

Operation against militants is successful bcz the blast frequency reduced from daily, weekly to monthly as per interior ministry - bcz non of the victims are relative or belong to those who publish such heartless statistics and news. So they don't care about the people but doing their job to highlight their progress by comparing with previous years daily base causalities due to terrorism to this years. Who cares for the blood of poor , unfortunately Pakistan have plenty of poor and their blood is available for elite to sell it to others.

Mar 07, 2016 03:11pm

@Nirbhay : "when will it stop." When the masterminds are arrested and punished.....and.....when the petro-dollar foreign funding is choked.

A Kay
Mar 07, 2016 03:12pm

RIP for the departed souls..@ Khan.. I completely agree with you..lets decide once and for all. The issue of tribal areas ...either be with us and follow the laws of the country , have proper NIC / where about of what you do etc ...else these tribal man can join Afghanistan or become independent ..Their call ..but we must establish proper border and security controls if they are with Pakistan. This is the root-cause of all of Pakistan security problems ....hope the government understands. All efforts are useless until you cut the supply of all this ammunition..fro ANP leader they have not learned anything after being completely rejected by the people of KPK ..still playing politics ..

Indian -I
Mar 07, 2016 03:12pm

Very sad ....

Latif M
Mar 07, 2016 03:19pm

@PAKISTAN everytime last breath of these damn terrorists, when will the state actually protect the citizens.

Mar 07, 2016 03:22pm

tragedy indeed..

Mar 07, 2016 03:23pm

@Uzair jahan good points, add to the list.. Target people preaching extremism.

Nasrullah Khan -Hong Kong
Mar 07, 2016 03:37pm

Govt is not serious to solve this problem.

Mar 07, 2016 03:43pm

They need to start training the police to shoot the head of a suicide bomber when spotted.

GAK Wazir
Mar 07, 2016 04:01pm

An unfortunate incident indeed. Seal Pak-Afghan border, no sky will fall otherwise, such incidents cannot be stopped, as there is no control of Afghan government across the border.

Mar 07, 2016 04:29pm

Cowards. These people should be hunted down and executed.

M Jamal
Mar 07, 2016 04:30pm

Zahid Khan of ANP is very correct in his statement that despite good work of the Army in destroying nearly all the basis of terrorist especially Taliban,the Provincial government of PTI has miserably failed in securing the areas in KPK.Reason being nepotism and incompetence.This suicide bomber must have their facilators in KPK as well he travelled from his hiding place to court without detection.The terrorists have been freely allowed to operate in PTI opponents area i.e ANP as the PTI having soft corner for Taliban.

Mar 07, 2016 04:31pm

@Uzair jahan How about an emergency is imposed for a short time period and all the steps spelled out by you are carried out???

Mar 07, 2016 04:43pm

The scene surrounded by heavily armed paramilitary forces AFTER the attack makes no sense.

In the meantime public is allowed to roam freely at the crime scene!?

There doesn't to be any mechanism in place to prevent these attacks from occurring in the first place

Mar 07, 2016 04:53pm

When our people in KP die in suicide attacks, Nawaz sharif leaves country to avoid questions.

Mar 07, 2016 04:56pm

"JIs nae aik insan ki zindaghi bachai ghoia un nae sari insanyat ko bachaya"(Those who saveth the life on one human as if they saveth the whole humanity)How can these animals call themselves muslims? They are proud to kill the humanity and take responsibility.

Rahim proud Indian
Mar 07, 2016 05:29pm

Unless or until good terrorism & bad terrorism concept is stopped , similar attacks would continue to follow all over pakistan.

pak indian humanity
Mar 07, 2016 05:43pm

Rip to suffers

Mar 07, 2016 05:46pm

News media and Govt. should publish pictures of women and children victims . This needs to be done to get public involved.

Mar 07, 2016 06:11pm

Terrorists are planning and active despite a major drive to eradicate them. They pick their target and time.

Mar 07, 2016 06:12pm

@Again What about IK fake promises.

Riaz M M
Mar 07, 2016 06:24pm

Another tragic incident ,

Philosopher (from Japan)
Mar 07, 2016 06:49pm

...RIP. Please look after the security of poor people. Where is KPK government and what measures have been taken after APS and BKU attacks??? Sorry state of affairs in KPK. PTI and IK should focus KPK rather than busy in doing politics in Karachi.

Mar 07, 2016 08:19pm

Rangers will not spare you, condolences to those who lost their loved ones.

surendra sukhtankar
Mar 07, 2016 08:24pm

Pakistani Govt does not care for the common man killed in terrorist attacks. Because the most politicians are protected by the security forces.

Protect the comman man first.

Mar 07, 2016 08:35pm

Very strange. The killers send emails but still don,t get caught??

suresh, New Delhi
Mar 07, 2016 09:04pm

Whosoever did this, must be bought to justice. My prayer goes to the victims. Now, state of Pakistan must take stern action to protect her citizens.

Mar 07, 2016 09:23pm

Criticism of ANP Zahid Khan is ridiculous. It is clear that "The attacker was intercepted by policemen stationed at the court gate as he was attempting to enter the sessions court premises". Plicemen were also included in the dead.

What more security measures can they take. These hypocrite people only wants some excuse to criticism.

Mar 07, 2016 11:34pm

We would like to express our sincere condolences to the victims’ friends and families. It is hard to imagine their pain and agony at the moment. We hope that they find the strength to get through this difficult time. We also wish to see the injured make a full and speedy recovery. The terrorists have again struck in their typical cowardly way. Their attempts to destabilize the government continue, and it is sickening to see these terrorists trying to find a way to justify killing innocent people. We stand with the people of Pakistan during this difficult time and hope to see the terrorist group behind this attack completely disbanded. Pakistani security forces are working hard to counter terrorism, and we are hopeful that day isn’t far when peace will prevail throughout the country.

Ali Khan Digital Engagement Team, USCENTCOM

Mar 08, 2016 01:56am

We have to be more vigil and fast to over come this situation, pray for the lost lives.

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