Bomber killed, 30 injured in Rawalpindi suicide blast
According to sources, a suicide bomber in his teens rammed his motorbike into the bus (RPT-9535) of Heavy Mechanical Complex Taxila, which was carrying officials from Islamabad to Mandra, killing one person. About thirty persons were injured in the incident.
Eyewitnesses said that body parts of the persons were scattered in the area.
About ten vehicles were damaged in the blast completely.
Soon after the blast, officials of police and other sensitive agencies cordoned off the area and started investigations.
Emergency was declared in all the big hospitals of the city and according to District Headquarters Hospital officials, thirty injured have been brought to the hospital and five of them were stated to be in critical condition.
Regional Police Officer Rawalpindi, Nasir Durrani reached the site immediately after the blast and supervised relief activities.
Talking to reporters on the occasion he first confirmed that seven persons had been killed and more than thirty injured. But later he told reporters that there was a mistake and only a suicide bomber had died.
He said there were about 25 to 35 persons in the Bus, which was going to Rawalpindi on Peshawar Road and then Mandra. He said when the Bus reached the Mandra Chowk and stopped on closure of signal and in the meantime suicide bomber hit it.
He said joint investigation teams would investigate into the blast.
He said the suicide bomber hit the oil tanker of the bus, aiming to cause more damage.
According to him, body parts of the suicide bomber had been found as the condition of the motorbike showed that it was a suicide attack.
Nasir Durrani said strict security arrangements were in place as the police had received threatening reports of attacks on sensitive buildings, adding, due to these strict arrangements, the suicide bomber failed to hit sensitive buildings.
He said as far as the security of sensitive agencies was concerned, it was satisfactorily.
Local people said the blast was so severe that its sound was heard in distance of about three kilometers and window panes of nearby buildings were broken.
President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Interior Minister, chairman Senate condemned the blast and directed the hospital authorities to provide best treatment facilities to the injured persons.