Pakistan: Series of bomb blasts kill 49, injure over 140
Posted on: 07:59 AM IST Jul 01, 2013
Islamabad: Terror attacks on Sunday at four different places had left at least 49 dead and more than 140 injured In Pakistan. In Quetta at least 24 people have been killed and over 60 injured in a powerful explosion near an Imambarah in a Hazara town.
And In Peshawar at least 17 people, including three children, were killed when a powerful remote-controlled bomb targeted a passing convoy of security forces near a busy market. There were also terror attacks in North and south Waziristan.
A suicide bomber blew himself up near a Shia mosque in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta on Sunday. City Police Officer Mir Zubair Mehmood said that at least 24 people were killed in the blast in a crowded area 40 to 50
metres away from Abu Talib Imambargah at the Shia-majority Hazara town.
Mehmood said the dead included nine women as well as four children. He said suicide bomber was stopped at the entrance of the Imambargah by policemen and volunteers as he tried to enter the building and then blew himself up.
"The explosion caused a transformer close to the Imambargah to also explode and these two blasts caused lot of widespread casualties and damage," he said.
He said bomb disposal squad was also investigating that the second blast was caused by a remote controlled bomb. Mehmood said the suicide bomber whose severed head had been recovered from the site had come on a cycle alone.
The blasts caused damage to the shops and nearby buildings as well. "It was an attack targeting Hazara Shia community," he said.
The dreaded and outlawed Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) claimed responsibility of the attack, saying that the first attack was a suicide blast while the second was carried out by a remote-controlled device.
(With Additional Information From PTI)