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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2014 17:07
Deadly blast hits Peshawar seminary


At least five people have been killed in an explosion at a Sunni Islamic seminary in Peshawar.

Police officer Malik Javed says the blast on Thursday night killed seven and wounded 55 people in the city in the northwest of Pakistan.

The explosion took place as thousands of people had gathered at the Tableeghi Jamaat religious school ahead of the traditional Islamic day of prayers on Friday.

Tableeghi Jamaat adherents generally gather at the sprawling seminary and mosque located on the outskirts of Peshawar on Thursday nights, as well as Fridays.

The officer says there were thousands of people gathered at the seminary when the explosion occurred.

Another police official, Shafqat Malik, said the bomb was 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives stuffed into a canister likely set off by a timer.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but fighters at war with the Pakistani state often have targeted houses of worship with bombs timed to kill the highest number of people.

Source: www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2014/01/deadly-blast-hits-pes...
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2014 17:15
Who are behind this? The following attack was carried out last year:

(Published: January 10, 2013) 22 killed, 47 injured in Swat bomb blast


SWAT: At least 22 people were killed and 47 injured in a blast in the Mingora city of Swat district on Thursday, confirmed officials at Saidu Sharif Hospital.

The explosion took place at the main Tableeghi Markaz (preaching centre) located on the Takht Band Road.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson and police termed the blast as a gas cylinder explosion.

According to eyewitnesses, people were getting ready for their preaching session when a gas cylinder in the kitchen of the Markaz exploded. Additional eyewitness say it may have been a suicide blast.

"After the explosion, people started running frantically while some ran to the spot of the explosion to rush the injured to the hospital," a person told The Express Tribune.

Police initially said the blast was caused by an exploding gas cylinder but later police chief Akhtar Hayat confirmed it was a bomb.

Rahman Ali, a medical practitioner in Saidu Group of Hospitals, said that more than 50 injured people were brought to the hospital where 10 critically injured succumbed to their injuries.
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#3 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2014 17:15
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Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi wa raji'oon. Very sad news bhai.

Small request: Can you request mods to move your post as this thread isn't relevant for it. JazakAllah Khair.
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#4 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2014 17:19
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Sure, I wanted to post these in a relevant thread, but couldn't find any.
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#5 [Permalink] Posted on 16th January 2014 17:42
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Post split and moved to News category
Hope that's ok. جزاك الله خيرا
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