Published On: Tue, Jan 21st, 2014
Published in Category: Rawalpindi

Thirteen killed, 17 injured in RA Bazaar blast

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RAWALPINDI: At least thirteen people including six security personnel and 3 children have been killed in a blast in Rawalpindi’s RA Bazaar on Monday morning.

The blast also wounded 30 people including three school children. They were shifted to GHQ Hospital.

The blast took place at 7:35 am when people were going to offices.

The security personnel deceased were identified as Hawaldar Muhammad Akram, Lance Naik Imran, Lance Naik Anwar, Subedar Abid and Hawaldar Muhammad Asghar. while others included Mubashar, Sadiq, Subaidar Abid Hussain. The injured included Hasan, Raza etc.

Police have confirmed that it was a suicide attack.

The bazaar, which is just 10 minute walk away from the GHQ, is in one of the most secure areas of the city as offices of military agencies are located nearby including the GHQ.

The blast came one day after 20 troops were killed in northwest Pakistan in one of the deadliest incidents against their forces fighting militants in the tribal regions.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for that incident and said that this is revenge for the Lal Masjid incident and they would continue with more such acts.

SSP Operations Rawalpindi Mian Maqbool confirmed the death toll and said the dead included five army personnel and five civilians.

He said the injured have been shifted to MH‚ CMH and civil hospital.

Mian Maqbool said the entire area was cordoned off after the incident.

Meanwhile President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the Rawalpindi’s RA Bazaar blast that resulted into loss of precious security personnel lives while injured many others.

In his message‚ the President said that such cowardly attacks can never weaken the resolve of our law-enforcing authorities and the nation to continue pursuing their struggle against the scourge of militancy and terrorism.

Expressing his heartfelt sympathies with the bereaved families of the martyred‚ the President prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls.

The President also called upon the concerned to ensure that best medical assistance is provided to the injured.

Prime Minister has also strongly condemned the Rawalpindi’s RA Bazaar and expressed profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

He urged the people to unite against the enemies of Pakistan.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah have also denounced the attack.

MQM Chief Altaf Hussain in his message from London urged the government to urgently decide whether or not to hold dialogues with the Taliban as bomb blasts on daily basis have spread a sense of despair amongst the general public.

PTI Chief Imran Khan in his twitter message dubbed the attack as ‘inhuman act.’

“While fed govt still deciding on a counter terror policy, our civilians & soldiers are being martyred in daily acts of terror,” he said in his tweet.
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