7 killed, 18 injured in Attock suicide blast
Seven persons including two security officials were killed while 18 injured in a suicide attack at a security check post near Kamra Aeronautical Complex in Attock.
According to details, the blast occurred when security officials during checking stopped a suspected person at the check post and tried to search him and the bomber during checking blew himself up.
Seven persons including two security officials were killed while 18 others sustained injuries. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Attock and Kamra and five of them were stated to be in the critical condition.
DPO Attock Fakhar Sultan has confirmed the death of 6 persons including two security officials and 4 pedestrians.
Talking to media here, DPO Attock said that the suicide bomber blew himself up at main GT Road during checking near Kamra Aeronautical Complex.
He said that the head of the suicide bomber has been found and the security forces after cordoning off the area started the search operation.
DPO Attock said that the pedestrians killed in the blast were labors and going for work.
According to police officials, the suicide bomber blow himself up at the first check post during the process of checking resulting the death of Khan Gul, employee of Cantonment Board Kamra, Wasim Abbas, Muhammad Hussain, Ahsan, Asif and Mehdi while one death body could not be identified.
According to eyewitnesses, the voice of the blast heard from faraway areas and on the directives of DPO Attock, Main Kamra Road was closed from Teen Mela Chowk.
Meanwhile, a security official told that that there could have been huge devastation if the suicide bomber was succeeded to reach his target, adding the remains of suicide bomber have been collected.
After the incident, the security of District Attock has been put on high alert.
President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani have strongly condemned the suicide blast in Attock, saying handful terrorists would not deter the government of its stance against the menace of terrorism.
In their separate statements, the president and the prime minister said that the government would not fear of these cowardly acts of terrorism.
The president and the prime minister have expressed their sympathy with dear ones of those who lost their lives in the blast.
Chairman Senate Farooq H. Naek, Speaker National Assembly Fehmida Mirza, Defence Minister Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Foreign Minster Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira, Chairman Benazir Income Support Programme Farzana Raja have condemned the Attock blast.
Other political leaders including Quaid Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Mian Nawaz Sharif, President PML-Q Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, Quaid Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain, Chief Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan have also strongly condemned the lost of innocent lives.