Triple Terror Blasts in Lahore Despite Timely Intel & Police Warning
By Muhammad Faisal Ali, Dawn, 02 Sep, 2010
LAHORE: At least 27 people were killed and more than 200 injured in three bomb attacks near Karbala Gamay Shah on a procession taken out on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA). A child was among the dead.
Reacting violently to the explosions, people in the procession attacked a police building, set public property on fire and fought with riot police for more than an hour.
The blasts, two of which the police confirmed were suicide attacks, took place in a span of 20 minutes despite what appeared to be tight police security.
Witnesses said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security barrier at Karbala Gamay Shah chowk at around 7pm when a large number of people were there after the culmination of the main procession.
According to the website of an Urdu newspaper, the group named Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi Al Aalmi claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said they had no information about any such claim.
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Triple blasts in Lahore, 29 killed - Daily Times
Procession attacked in Karachi - Express Tribune
Blasts kill 20 in Pakistan's Lahore, 170 hurt - Reuters
Hazrat Ali’s (RA) martyrdom day termed ‘most sensitive’, DT, August 30, 2010 -
Police had intelligence about attack threat - DT
Hatemongers Attack Pakistan, Yet Again: Shia Processions Targeted in Lahore, Karachi - Pakistaniat.com
About the Anniversay of Martyrdom of Hazrat Ali
21st of Ramadan: Anniversary of Hazrat Ali's Martyrdom - Watandost blogpost, 2007
Hazrat Ali’s Letter on Inclusive Governance - Light Within blog
For a selection of sayings of Imam Ali, click here
Picture source: Daily Times, September 3, 2010