Blast kills 17 in Pakistan as Taliban avenge Islamist’s execution

The police said the bomber was intercepted but managed to explode his vest wrapped around his body.

By: PTI | Peshawar | Updated: March 7, 2016 6:06 pm
pakistan, pakistan blast, pakistan india, indo pak, india pakistan pakistan terror attack, terror attack by pakistan, terrorists from pakistan, terror alert The incident occurred in a lower court of Shabqadar tehsil bordering the volatile Mohmand area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Source: Google map

At least 17 people were killed and 30 others injured today when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowded court in Pakistan’s restive northwest, an attack the Taliban said was revenge for the hanging of liberal Punjab province governor Salman Taseer’s Islamist assassin.

The suicide bomber blew himself up inside the district court’s compound in Shabqadar Bazaar of Charsadda district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

At least 14 people, including two policemen, were killed while 26 others were wounded in the attack, District Police Officer Sohail Khalid said.

The Jamatul Ahrar, a splinter group of the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was carried out to avenge the hanging of Mumtaz Qadri, killer of Taseer.

Qadri was hanged last Tuesday at a Rawalpindi jail after his appeal against the conviction was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Security and emergency teams reached the blast site and sealed the area. A probe was immediately launched into the assault.

Shabqadar tehsil is close to Mohmand tribal region, which is one of seven semi-autonomous tribal regions in the northwest, where Pakistani Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants were said to have carved out strongholds.

Shabqadar is some 30 kilometres west of Charsadda, where militants attacked a university on January 20 in an attack that left 21 people, mostly students, dead.

At the time of the explosion, the courts were crowded after a break over the weekend.

The police said the bomber was intercepted but managed to explode his vest wrapped around his body.

Qadri, deputed on the security of Taseer, had killed the governor at a market close to the latter’s house in 2011 in Islamabad for allegedly criticising the controversial blasphemy laws and was convicted the same year.

Qadri’s execution triggered protests by thousands of Islamists who called it a “black day”.

Taseer, who died aged 66, had termed the blasphemy regulations, introduced by Pakistan’s military ruler Zia-ul-Haq in 1980s, as “black laws” drawing the ire of extremists.

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  1. S
    Mar 7, 2016 at 1:17 pm
    I am perplexed by the silence of the 'eminent' liberals and moderate 'islamists' in India , on Mumtaz Qadri crime, conviction and hanging. Poor guys , they can't upset the hardliners who support blasphemy laws and therefore are obliged to support Mumtaz Qadri , but they can't do so openly to expose themselves to the Indian public already outraged by their support to Kanhaiya and Khalid. I expect a 'cultural event' in JNU to protest against the ' judicial murder of Mumtaz Qadri'., where the slogan will be 'Mumtaz Qadri , hum sharminda hain , there qatil zinda hain' .. Lal- am , down down , long-lived long live ...
    1. J
      jay komerath
      Mar 7, 2016 at 3:15 pm
      This exposes the fallacy of Islam as a peaceful religioncident like this is not only happening in stan,(the land of the Pure)but many other Islamic countries.Who can be behind it,other than the "Religious "figures Unless the country shapes up and come to be aware of the Modern world,Liberal ideas and Democracy,it will be too late
      1. Naresh Jain
        Mar 7, 2016 at 8:28 am
        stan Getting what has sow in past. Hate and terror it planted now getting its crop, but don't stop doing it further, futur can be imagined.
        1. Shyamal Ganguly
          Mar 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm
          Very Good!!! Taliban is doing the job that Indian Army can not do legally. Civilian casualty is called collateral damage. Taliban is hitting the Military of stan and ISI is helping them. stan is getting F-16s from USA to hit Taliban. Is this a mockery ?
          1. P
            Mar 7, 2016 at 10:07 am
            stan is full of Kaniya and Umar Khalids. Such things are bound to happen.
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