JNN 26 Nov 2012 DERA ISMAIL KHAN: A bomb detonated near a Ashura Muharram procession in Commissionary Bazaar in Dera Ismail Khan’s Choglia area in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early on Sunday, Martyring five people and injuring at least 100 others.
The procession continued on its route even after the blast, passing through Chugalla Gate and reaching Imamai Gate where they were joined by other processions.
However, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Provincial Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain while talking to our correspondent confirmed that five people were killed and about 70 were injured in the Dera Ismail Khan blast.
He further said that the injured also included women, children and security personnel, adding “the bomb was planted inside a closed cycle workshop near a bakery in Commissonery Bazaar near Mohallah Qasaban.”
Mian Iftikhar also said that security was beefed up after the 9th Muharram explosion in Dera Ismail Khan and the road, where the latest blast took place, was also scanned properly but the perpetrators had planned the attack in advance.
Moreover, he said that those found responsible of negligence would be dealt with according to the law.
While answering a query about the nature of the blast he said that only the Bomb Disposal Squad’s (BDS) report could ascertain the nature of the explosion and it was yet to be received.
Bomb Disposal Squad official Anayatullah told JNN that around 8-10kg explosives were used in the blast on Muharram procession.
Tehrik-i-Taliban spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan while talking to Dawn.com’s correspondent claimed that the militant organisation was behind the attack, adding that it was a suicide bomber who struck the procession.
Due to the Strict security of the Blast area , and as the area was cordoned off by the LEA’s , and even the Media was not allowed to visit and inspect the site , it is still unclear as the Blast was a Planted Bomb or it was a Suicide Bomb Blast , as the TTP is claiming it to be Suicide Blast , while the LEA’s have reported the Bomb to be planted in a Cycle repair shop.
Rescue and emergency teams reached the site of explosion and shifted the injured to the District Headquarters hospital, where an emergency was imposed.
The condition of several wounded was reported as critical, according to hospital sources.
The injured included security personnel and mourners taking part in the procession.
The remotely-detonated bomb was fitted near a closed shop and a cylinder was recovered near the site of explosion, according to rescue sources.
Media personnel were barred from visiting the site of explosion and security personnel cordoned off the area as investigations into the blast went underway.
Earlier, a blast on Saturday killed eight people near a Shia procession in the same city, for which the banned outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) had claimed responsibility.
Pakistan’s federal interior ministry had issued strict instructions for suspension of mobile phone service in major cities during Ashura to prevent such bombings, which often use cellphones as detonators. But as per our reports some of the cellular services were not shut in the D.I.Khan area, and due to which Both the Blast could not be stopped, and Shia community have to bear the loss of Precious life .
Interior Minister have ordered an inquiry in the Incident and the SSP of the Police , have also been suspended , in lieu of the negligence of the Duty.