News / Asia

Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 30 in Pakistan

  • People rush an injured man to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, August 9, 2013.
  • An injured man is transported to the hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, August 9, 2013.
  • Mourners gather near the caskets of victims killed in a suicide bomb attack before funeral ceremony at a police headquarters in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • People carry a wounded police officer from the site of a bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • Security officials gather at the site of a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • Security officials gather at the site of a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • People carry a wounded security officer to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan,  August 8, 2013.
Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 30 in Pakistan
Ayaz Gul
A suicide bomber in Pakistan’s violence-hit southwestern Baluchistan province struck the funeral of a slain policeman on Thursday, killing at least 30 people and wounding dozens. Most of the victims were officers and members of the provincial police force.   
 
The funeral prayers for the officer were being organized inside the highly-secured police headquarters in Baluchistan's capital Quetta, just hours after he was gunned down while travelling through the city. Witnesses say that scores of police officers and civilian staff were lining up for the somber ceremony when the suicide bomber detonated his explosives.
 
The powerful blast reportedly caused most of the deaths on the scene, while doctors say a number of those wounded are in “critical condition.”

The provincial head of police operations, Fayaz Sumbal, is among several senior officers killed in the attack.

Sunni Muslim militant group

Authorities in Baluchistan suspect the violence could be a reaction to a recent police operation near Quetta against suspected hideouts of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.

That banned Sunni Muslim militant group is accused of launching deadly attacks against the Shi'ite community in the city and elsewhere in Pakistan.
 
Thursday’s violence has renewed criticism of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government for its inability to put forward a national policy to counter the militants.
 
In an official statement released in Islamabad, Mr. Sharif condemned the funeral bombing and directed the federal interior minister to present a draft of the government’s “counter-terrorism strategy” by the end of this month.  

A senior Pakistani human rights activist, Tahira Abdullah, cites the policy-making delay for the dramatic rise in militant violence. “I feel that the Taliban and jihadi groups are now becoming so audacious that they don’t give a damn about where they go, what they target, how many they kill, who they kill.”

Authorities under fire

Pakistani authorities have been under severe criticism since last month’s massive jailbreak in Dera Ismail Khan. Dozens of heavily armed local Taliban militants stormed the northwestern city’s central prison and freed nearly 250 inmates. Among them, Pakistani officials say, were at least 40 “dangerous terrorists.”
 
That incident led to heightened security nationwide, particularly at major prisons, where troops have also been deployed to assist the police.
 
Baluch separatists also are waging a low-level insurgency in the resource-rich Pakistani province. The insurgents are being blamed for this week’s deadly attack on a passenger bus that killed 14 non-Baluch labors.
 
The latest militant violence came a day before the annual Eid al-Fitr celebrations in Muslim-majority Pakistan marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.

  • People rush an injured man to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, August 9, 2013.
  • An injured man is transported to the hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, August 9, 2013.
  • Mourners gather near the caskets of victims killed in a suicide bomb attack before funeral ceremony at a police headquarters in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • People carry a wounded police officer from the site of a bombing in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • Security officials gather at the site of a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • Security officials gather at the site of a bomb attack in Quetta, Pakistan, August 8, 2013.
  • People carry a wounded security officer to a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan,  August 8, 2013.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Abbas from: uk
August 09, 2013 5:57 AM
n this cesspit called pakistan, no place is safe!Even in third world countries , the law enforcement agencies are more efficient , than in this bandit country!The impotent provincial administration, if they have an ounce of self respect left in them should tender their resignations.Speeches, inquiries and statements given to media, will not bring the departed loved ones back.SHAME! nawaz has done a lot of talk talk talk in the last three months, now let us see him walk walk walk -

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More