Sunday, June 12, 2011

Suicide attack at a market in Pakistan leaves dozens dead

.- Dozens of people died in a suicide attack at dawn in a military area market in Peshawar, in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, the area most affected by the attacks after the death of Osama bin Laden. Speaking to EFE, a spokesman for the control of the police in Peshawar, Mohsen Khan, placed the death toll at 70 and the number of injured at 104, of which he said-25 are in critical condition.

"First there was a small explosion and when people rushed then there was a suicide bomber on a motorcycle," said Khan. A source from the local police commander who chose to remain anonymous had placed just before the dead 67 and wounded 96. Hours later, another official of the control of the police, who did not reveal his name, reviewed this information and said 34 people were killed in the attack, the same amount offered by the Geo television channel and other media.

The attack took place after midnight in the Khyber Bazaar Supermarket in Peshawar, capital of the Pakistani province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK). One police source said the bomber was carrying 30 kilograms of explosives and explained that several vehicles were destroyed. The first explosion blew the crowd rushed to the scene and the deadliest suicide bombing was normal.

According to some Pakistani media, the victims include journalists and officials who came to the place after the first blast of low intensity, but most of those killed are civilians. The morning television showed images of charred facilities for the attack and furniture reduced to rubble.

Since the death of Bin Laden at the hands of U.S. commandos in the city of Abbottabad, near Islamabad, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP, which stands in urdu) vowed revenge and hit several parts of the country. The KPK most affected province and its capital, Peshawar, which in recent months has suffered some attacks, although less serious than this morning.

The deadliest recent attack in the northwest was a double suicide attack on a Border Guard Academy in the district of Charsadda, near Peshawar, which ended May 13 with the life of a hundred people. Security forces were again targeted by the fundamentalists on 22 this month, when a Taliban command put the army in check for 17 hours when they stormed a military base in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi.

In his messages to the press, the TTP ensures that the Army is your goal, but in recent years there have been attacks not only on markets but Sufi shrines and other places frequented by civilians. According to a report by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP, an acronym in English), in 2010 two thousand 542 people died in terrorist or insurgent attacks, just under three thousand 021 last year.

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