Suicide blasts in Pakistan condemned, compensation made for victims

11:19, July 10, 2010      

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The Pakistani government Friday condemned the suicide blasts in its northwest tribal area which claimed more than 56 lives and injured 105 others and announced a compensation scheme for the victims in the terrorist attacks, according to local media reports.

Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani strongly condemned the attacks on civilians and ordered an immediate inquiry into the incident. Meanwhile, the government announced a 100,000-Rupee compensation plan for each of the people killed in the attacks and 50,000 rupees each for those wounded.

The Friday's morning attacks have drawn strong condemnations both from home and the international community. The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan issued a statement condemning the suicide bombings targeting innocent people. Such brutal acts clearly demonstrated the terrorists' complete disregard for human life, said the statement.

Early Friday morning, two unknown terrorists who tried to force into a political agent's office located at a crowded bazaar in the town of Tehsil Yakaghand in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Mohmand Agency detonated the bombs carried with them, causing huge casualties on the spot.

One of the suicide bombers is said riding on a motorbike while the other was walking behind.

According to the local media reports, the blasts took place outside the office of an assistant political agent, which housed an estimated 50 people inside at the time when the blasts went off. About 70 buildings and a number of vehicles nearby the office damaged and the electricity and telephone systems near the blast site also collapsed.

Many people were trapped in the destroyed buildings following the blasts and no machinery were available for the rescue work, causing some people to die due to imprompt rescue.

Police cordoned off the area after the blast and rescue work was immediately put underway. More rescue personnel were dispatched from the nearby city of Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in northwest Pakistan.

Police sources said that following the blast, 27 suspected criminals held under police custody in an adjacent venue escaped during the chaos and four of them are very dangerous.

About 20 critically injured people in the blast were shifted to Lady Road Reading Hospital of Peshawar for medical treatment. Some of them died later in the hospital.

A curfew was announced to be put in the blast area following the attack.

A local Urdu language TV Channel Dawn News reported on Friday afternoon that Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the suicide blasts. But reports coming in on Friday night said TTP has denied involvement in the attacks.

Friday's incident is the third most serious suicide bomb attack that happened in Pakistan within the past ten days.

Last Thursday night, three suicide bombers attacked a shrine in Pakistan 's eastern city of Lahore, killing 47 people including two injured people who died later in hospital and injuring 175 others. Not long after the incident, on July 5, another suicide car bomb blast took place at the entrance of an army camp in Lower Dir area in northwest Pakistan, killing one troop and injuring 17 others including 11 security persons.

Recent repeated occurrence of the terrorist attacks in Pakistan has caused a nation-wide demonstration and strong condemnations both at home and abroad. Many officials and political parties as well as ordinary people in the country have demanded a review of the government's anti-terrorism policy.

Source: Xinhua


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