Suicide Bombing in D.I Khan - Targetting Shia Muslims
By Irfan Mughal, Dawn, August 20, 2008
DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Aug 19: Thirty-two people, seven policemen and two health officials among them, were killed and 55 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the emergency ward of the District Headquarters Hospital here on Tuesday.
The attack was carried out when a large number of people had gathered there to protest against the murder of local Shia leader Basit Ali earlier in the day. Attacked by a gunman near the Faqirni Gate, he was brought to the hospital where he died.
Police said the suicide bomber, who appeared to be about 20 years old, had blown himself up in the presence of police personnel who were trying to control the crowd. “The bomber’s head and legs have been found,” police sources said. The emergency ward was completely destroyed by the explosion.
The deceased included 14 members of a family. Sources said that 10 to 12 of the injured were in critical condition.
Some of the injured, including several policemen, health workers and two journalists, were taken to the Combined Military Hospital and private hospitals.
The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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