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Pakistani Taliban claims responsibility for suicide blast in NW Pakistan

07-09-2010 20:49 BJT

ISLAMABAD, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Tehrek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for Friday morning's suicide blast in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Mohmand Agency, in which more than 56 were killed and 105 others injured so far, according to a report from a local Urdu language TV Channel Dawn News.

According to the report, Pakistan's Mohmand tribal area's chapter of TTP said that they were responsible for Friday morning' s suicide attack.

Early Friday morning, an unidentified miscreant 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 bomb carried with him, causing a huge casualty on the spot.

According to the local media reports, the blast took place outside the office of an assistant political agent which is said to house an estimated 50 people inside at the time when the blast went off. Several shops and vehicles nearby the office were seriously damaged and the electricity and telephone systems near the blast site also collapsed.

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

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

About 20 critically injured people in the blast have been shifted to Lady Road Reading Hospital of Peshawar, Xinhua reporter in Peshawar confirmed.

Media teams were initially not allowed to enter the blast site.

This is the third most serious suicide bomb attack which happened in Pakistan within the past ten days. Late on 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 at hospital and injuring 175 others. Not long after this, on July 5th, 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.

The 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.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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