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LAHORE: A blast in Lahore’s busy Anarkali market area initial report one dead and injured 10 persons on Thursday.

A time device exploded in Old Anarkali area of Lahore that killed one man and injured several others who were shifted to Mayo Hospital for treatment.

 

Three injured including a woman were said to be in critical condition, hospital sources told.

 

Several nearby shops were also damaged due to the impact, Police and rescue teams reached the blast site immediately and kicked off efforts to shift the injured to the hospital.

Rescue 1122 personnel said that the explosion occurred outside a milk-shop in the busy market area, Security forces cordoned off the area as a probe into the incident went underway.

Moreover, the blast shattered the windows of nearby buildings.

Further details over the nature and intensity of the explosion were not received till the filing of this report.

Anarkali was previously targeted in a bomb attack in July this year, during which five people were killed and 50 others were injured.

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PESHAWAR: At least 81 people, including children, women and a policeman were killed and more than 148 others sustain injuries when twin suicide bombers detonated their vast inside All Saints Church in Kohati Gate, Peshawar. – News updated 9 PST ( 23rd September, 2013 )



The two suicide bomber entered inside the Church at end of religious services around 11:45 am when around 400 worshipers were busy in serving meal among their fellows, the suicide bombers detonated their suicide jackets and killed at least 78 people, including 44 male, 34 female and injuring more then 150, including 25 male, 37 children and 44 female. Soon after the incident the bodies were scattered in the vicinity.Church Blast Peshwar

Rescue teams reached to spot bit late after the incident, views of mourning were seen in the Lady Reading Hospital. The deadly attacks mostly claimed lives of children and women. Sheroz, student of 3rd year who lost his mother in attack, said that they were serving rice at the end of services inside the vicinity of church when the blasts took place, adding, that he become unconscious after the blasts. He blamed after the blast rescue teams reached to spot late while the bodies and injured were crying due to pain. He further said that when they were rushed to hospital doctors were also absent and after an hour few doctors came for their treatment. SP City Ismail Kharak confirmed that two attackers opened fire at the security guards deployed at the church’s main gate killing one guard and injuring the other before entering the church premises. The two bombers detonated their explosive vests within an interval of 30 seconds after entering the church.

The KP government announced Rs. 500,000 in compensation to the families of victims in the attack. Salman, an eye witness and government servant, said that two men wearing trouser and shirt entered the church at the end of the services adding that worshipers were busy in meeting with their relatives when the suicide bomber detonated his explosive vast. He lamented that after their services the policemen usually entered inside the church. He raised a question that police searched every male female before entering the church even those who belonged to christen community, how could the bombers entered?


A large number of christen community people reached to Lady Reading Hospital for searching their love ones.

The angry relatives of the deceased and injured chanted slogan against the administration, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Mulim League (N) leaders as no leader came at hospital.

The angry relatives besiege health minister Shoukat Yousafzai, CCPO Muhammad Ali Babakhel and two members of provincial Asmebly Javed Nasim and Arif Yousaf who came to hospital after six hours of the incident. They also claimed that hospital administration did not properly facilitate the injured. The angry protesters had done demolition in side the hospital and blocked GT Road and other routs of the city. Moreover, enraged protestors took to the streets and set ablaze the belongings of the police personnel who were deputed at the church for security. The blast also claimed lives of five members of same family identified as Pinkey daughter of Saleem Mashie, Brother Nazir Mashie, Babi Jamila Mashie, Sami Mashie, and Yasmeen. A 1st year student Junaid Mashie resident of Kohati also lost his life in deadly blasts who is the only brother of six sisters who came to church for his religious services when the twin suicide blasts took place. Residents of LRH colony Sabir Shahzad, his wife Sobia, two sons, 13-year old Shaman and 10-year old Sameed Jan also lost their lives while two sons of Sabir (5), and three-year old Naveed remained safe because they were not present inside the church. Due to powerful blasts panes of church and nearby buildings were also smashed. The head of suicide bomber was also recovered after the incident.

Bomb Disposal Squad said that 12 kg explosives were used in twin suicide blasts.

Sources said that only four doctors were present in emergency ward of hospital when the injured reached hospital.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chair Person Imran Khan and Chief Minister along with other party members leave the central executive committee meeting and returned to Peshawar to condole with the victims of twin blasts. It was the second deadliest blast of Peshawar after an explosion which took place in Meena Bazaar claiming lives of more then 100 citizens. Christen community has called protest demonstration in the whole Pakistan. Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan did not claim the responsibility of blast and informed that they were not involved in blast took place in church adding that this was conspiracy against peace talks between government and TTP. Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa JUI (F) ANP, MQM and Bishops of Pakistan announced three days mourning in condolence with christen community who were killed and injured in twin blasts in church. Christen community Schools and churches will be closed for three days. All Saints Church was established in 1883 and the said church is the second oldest church of Peshawar. The arrangements for the funeral services of the blast victims were being made at the St John’s Cathedral in the city. Only around two percent of Pakistan’s total population of 180 million is Christian. The community complains of growing discrimination.

Christians across country stage demos against Peshawar blast: Christians in Karachi, Lahore, Multan, Islamabad, Rawalpindi Shiekhupura and other cities staged protest rallies to condemn the killings of innocent Christians in Peshawar on Sunday. In Karachi, angry protesters clashed with police when they tried to clear a road in Essa Nagri, a low-income Christian locality. Protesters also clashed with police in Peshawar where people complained about the highhandedness of police. Police arrested several protesters who tried to damage the public properties.

Condemning the attack Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed that proper treatment of the people injured in the blast. In a statement the prime minister said “terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions.”

The premier said such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists.

Nawaz Sharif also expressed solidarity with the Christian community and deep sympathies with bereaved families.

President Mamnoon Hussain also condemned Sunday attack in strong words. In his message the President said that Church attack was coward act of militants added that minorities in the country would be protected.

Meanwhile, Awami National Party (ANP) leader Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, who himself is facing severe threat from the terrorists, lost no time to reach the Church attacked by two suicide bombers for expressing his sympathy and solidarity with the mourning Christian community.

However, he had to return soon as the environment over there was highly charged, while some enraged persons started voicing slogans. ( MQM ) Muttahida Qaumi Movement also condemned the blast and announced to observe three-day mourning.

Former minister for inter-faith harmony Paul Bhatti and provincial lawmaker Fredrich Azeem Ghauri both said the attack was the deadliest ever targeting Christians in Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah and Balochistan chief minister Dr. Malik Baloch also condemned church attack.


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Kashmir Srinagar: For the second consecutive day Saturday normal life remained affected in Kashmir following the strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G) against the Ramban blood bath and subsequent curfew and restrictions imposed by authorities in length and breadth of Valley. At least 20 policemen and thirty six civilians were injured during the clashes between government Forces and protestors.

Normal life was affected in Srinagar and authorities deployed heavy contingents of police and CRPF in every nook and corner of the city to thwart any protest demonstration.

Amid curfew, restrictions and strike, clashes erupted in different parts of Valley between youth and policemen. Protestors were demanding stern action against BSF personnel responsible for innocent killings in Gool town of Ramban district. Shops, business establishments, banks, and semi-government institutions remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Srinagar, Baramulla, Bandipora, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Budgam,Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts of the Kashmir valley.

Police and CRPF personnel were patrolling the streets of Srinagar and major towns of the valley to maintain law and order.

In old Srinagar, the police and CRPF had laid razor wires and erected barricades at some road junctions. Due to intermittent rains, situation in Srinagar city remained over all peaceful. At Humhama, youth resorted to heavy stone pelting at police which left DySp Zahoor Ahmed critically injured. Agitated youth attacked the cavalcade of Peoples Democratic Party Patron Mufti Mohammad Syed after he was on his way to his residence from Srinagar Airport. Due to timely intervention of police, the cavalcade managed to pass off the protestors, however, some of the windowpanes of few vehicles got damaged in the attack.

Reports said that the security guards of former Chief Minister exercised restraint and did not retaliate. A police official while confirming the incident said that motorcade of PDP patron was attacked by some miscreants, however the timely action of police kept the protestors at bay.

Agitated protestors smashed the windowpanes of two CRPF vehicles at Nawab Bazar area of Srinagar on Saturday morning. Eyewitnesses said that protestors damaged both the vehicles completely. Soon after this incident CRPF personnel went berserk and ransacked dozens of residential houses. Stray incidents of stone pelting were reported from Sabzi Market Soura and Zainakot. Locals alleged that CRPF smashed the windowpanes of scores of houses and even did not spared the vehicles parked in different yards and roads.

According to reports, eight persons were injured in Khudwani Kulgam when CRPF and police personnel showered rubber bullets over them after they were protesting against the alleged ransacking of their houses by troopers in Khudwani area of Kulgam.

Reportes said that Government Forces resorted to firing when men and women came on roads at Khudwani Kulgam seeking punishment for the erring cops who according to them ransacked their houses without any provocation. CRPF personnel used rubber bullets which left 8 people injured. One lady received a bullet in her chest. Four of them were shifted to District Hospital Islamabad while the rest were admitted to Kulgam hospital.

The injured have been identified as Rouf Ahmed Kumar son of Mohammad Ramzan Kumar resident of Ganjipora Kulgam, Waseem Abdullah Ahangar resident of Ghat Khudwani, Mudasir Yousf Dar, Zahoor Maqbool Shiekh, Shahzad Wani son of Ghulam Mohammad, Shaheena Akhtar wife of Mohammad Akbar Wani, Hafeeza Begum wife of Abdul Qayoom Dar and Rukhsana Akhtar daughter of Abdul Qayoom Dar all residents of Khudwani.

CRPF thrashed two ambulance drivers Abdul Hamid Bhat and Mohammad Hussain Shiekh at Qaimou Kulgam when they were ferrying patients. They damaged two ambulances (JK03A-4404 and JK03B-5704) belonging to Public Health Centre Qaimou completely.

CRPF personnel also thrashed a police sub-inspector Inshtiyak Ahmed at Kawaki Bazar, Qaimou. “I was in plain clothes and despite displaying my identity they (CRPF) thrashed me ruthlessly. They are not protectors but terrorists,” police officer told CNS.

Heavy stone pelting incidents were reported from South Kashmir’s Bonigam, Mughal Gund Yesoo area of Qazigund. Deputy Inspector General of Police South Kashmir Vijay Kumar and SP Kulgam reached on spot to diffuse the situation.

Police resorted to heavy tear gas shelling to disperse the protestors in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Protestors marched towards DC office Pulwamma amid anti-India slogans. At least six civilians were injured in the police action.

Reports of clashes were also received from Bandipora, Aloosa, Ashtengoo, Tangmarag and Kakapora.

Complete shutdown was observed in Kargil town against the desecration of holy Quran and innocent killings. The call for the shutdown was given by the Islamic Society of Kargil. All the business establishments and government offices and schools remained closed while traffic was off the roads.

A police handout said that the situation throughout Kashmir valley remained peaceful today. However, there were stone pelting reported from Tahab Chowk and Newa in Pulwama, Cement Bridge and Azadgung in Baramulla, Papchan, Gulshan Chowk and Naidkhai in Bandipora, a couple of places in Shopian, Khudwani in Kulgam and Galwanpora Humhama in Budgam.

The deployments exercised maximum restraint. 15 police and CRPF men and two civilians were injured. (CNS)

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About 70 people have received injuries, six in critical condition, after a passenger train derailed in southern Russia, RIA Novosti news agency reports citing the country’s Emergencies Ministry.

Five cars of a train heading from Novosibirsk in Siberia to the Black Sea resort of Adler have derailed in Kuschevsky district of the southern Krasnodar region.

A police source told ITAR-TASS news agency that an emergency brake application is considered among the primary causes for the derailment.

“According to preliminary data, the locomotive driver applied emergency braking, causing the derailment of the first five carts of the train. They fell to the side,” the source said, adding that the reasons for the emergency break are being investigated.

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Lahore: An explosion occurred at an eatery situated in Lahore’s old Anarkali area a while back, killing at least three persons and injuring more than a dozen others.Nearby buildings and parked vehicles were damaged as a result of the blast, DCO Lahore, said – Nasim Sadiq, around  37 victims were shifted to hospitals after the blast. Responding to another question he said that there were no prior threats or warning regarding the incident.

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500 grams of explosives was wraped in polythene bag… 2 dead, +30 injured  – 11:43 PST

Talking to media persons earlier the DCOhad confirmed that two persons had died and 12 others were wounded in the blast.

Nearby buildings and parked motorcycles were damaged as a result of the blast. Market and shops shut down in the vicinity after the explosion as fear and panic gripped the area.

The victims were shifted to nearby hospitals. Private tv channels quoted police officials as saying that the blast was detonated using a timer device.

Rescue and emergency teams reached blast site.and security forces cordoned off the area as a investigations into the incident went underway.

The victims have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The number of casualties is likely to increase. TV channels quoted police officials as saying that the blast was detonated using a timed device.

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