Thursday, August 8, 2013

Breaking: Suicide Bomber Kills 24 At Funeral Of Pakistani Police Officer

Speaking of al Qaeda, this was one of their inventions - the bombing attack on a funeral of one of their victims and in this case, at a funeral of a police officer in Pakistan, a suicide bomber struck and at least 24 people have been killed including three senior police officials.

The story comes from DAWN.

Bomb kills 24 at policeman's funeral in Quetta

QUETTA: A suspected suicide blast at the funeral of a slain police officer in Quetta killed 24 people, including at least three senior police officials.

It was difficult to determine the exact number of casualties, but reports suggested at least 24 people were killed and up to 50 people injured. Several of the wounded were said to be in critical condition.

According to television reports, the bomb exploded outside a mosque where the funeral procession of station house officer Mohibullah was being held.

Several police officers attending the funeral were killed in the powerful explosion, including Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police Operations Fayyaz Sumbal, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Headquarters Shamsuddin and Superintendent Ali Mehr.

The bomb went off as senior officers prepared to offer prayers for their colleague. Police sources told DawnNews that the bomb, which appeared to have been exploded by a suicide bomber, contained between eight to 10 kilograms of explosive material.

The injured were shifted to the Civil Hospital and the Combined Military Hospital.

The blast was the second targeted attack on Thursday on police personnel in the provincial capital, which has been under high security the entire day. SHO Mohibullah was shot dead by unknown gunmen earlier this morning in Killi Almo area while he was reportedly taking his family for Eid shopping.

Eyewitnesses said fear and chaos spread among the people attending the funeral following the loud explosion.

“All my colleagues are gone. The DSP, SP, DIG… they’re all gone,” said one emotional eyewitness reduced to tears.

It was unclear how many senior police officials were killed as authorities were yet to determine and disclose to media the identities of the all the victims.

No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, one of the worst targeted attacks on police personnel in the violence-hit provincial capital.

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