Suicide attack at the main gate of Qayum Stadium after the closing ceremony of inter-provincial games kills three in Peshawar: Bilour was the target; Taliban accept the responsibility…
Suicide attack kills three in Peshawar
Updated at: 1905 PST, Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Compare this act of terror with (Mullah) Imran Khan’s guarantee (prophecy) that terrorist will not attack sports stadiums in Pakistan Shame on you Imran Khan, for siding with Mullahs to support Taliban.
Bilour was the target: TTP
PESHAWAR: Taliban operating in the semi-tribal Darra Adam Khel claimed responsibility for the attack and said that senior NWFP minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour was their target. A spokesman for the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban talked to reporters by telephone. Violence linked to Pakistan’s role in the US-led war on terror has claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in suicide and bomb attacks since July 2007. Many of the attacks have targeted police and security forces. Most of them have either been claimed by or blamed on Taliban. Security forces are currently involved in fierce clashes with Al Qaeda and Taliban since military operations were launched chiefly in Bajaur and Swat. More than 1,500 Taliban and 73 soldiers have died since the fighting began while hundreds of Taliban have been captured, according to the military. staff report (Daily Times)
Also read this report on BBC Urdu dot com
PESHAWAR: At least three people were killed and several others were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the main gate of Qayum Stadium after the closing ceremony of inter-provincial games here on Tuesday.
According to Geo News, relief activities have begun after the blast. The dead and injured were shifted to the hospital where emergency was declared.
According to CCPO, security has been put on high alert in the city. Four vehicles were also destroyed in the blast.
Sources told that senior NWFP minister, Bashir Ahmed Bilour narrowly escaped the suicide attack. Bilour had left the place just few seconds before the blast.
Besides, NWFP Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani, who was also the chief guest at the closing ceremony, had left the area just 10 minutes before the attack.
Meanwhile, security personnel cordoned off the area to collect the evidences.
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and other provincial ministers have strongly condemned the suicide attack. (The News)
Blast outside Qayyum stadium in Peshawar
Tuesday, 11 Nov, 2008 | 05:46 PM PST | (Dawn)
PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up at Peshawar’s packed Qayyum sports stadium on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding five others, police said.
Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
The bombing took place at the closing ceremony of a sports event attended by senior government officials including the provincial governor, police said.
‘We have received two dead bodies and five injured people,’ police official, Khan Abbas, told AFP at Peshawar’s main Lady Readings Hospital.
Peshawar is the capital of North West Frontier Province, which borders Afghanistan.
‘The bomber was stopped by the police and when he failed to enter the stadium he blew himself up at the gate,’ provincial police chief Malik Naveed told reporters.
‘We had some intelligence and took precautionary measures, that’s why he could not enter the stadium,’ he said.
He said it was difficult to say who was behind the bombing, but that it ‘could be linked to the unrest in the tribal areas’ bordering Afghanistan.
The attack took place after a ceremony marking the end of the week-long national games, local administration chief Sahabzada Anis told reporters .
Up to 30,000 people including hundreds of sportsmen from across the country had taken part in the games, he said.
Most of the spectators had left but several ministers and senior officials were on their way out of the venue when the bomber blew himself up.
‘Provincial Governor Owais Ghani had left the stadium moments ago,’ police officer Pervez Khan told AFP, adding that at least six vehicles parked outside the gate were also damaged.