Monday, March 3, 2014

Islamabad

Sorry for the optimistic thoughts. We are back to normal transmission. The ceasefire is but a joke.

At least 11 people were killed and 24 wounded on Monday in a gun and suicide bomb attack at a court complex in the heavily-guarded Pakistani capital Islamabad, police said.

The death toll was confirmed by other police officials and the spokeswoman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Ayesha Isani. Isani said 20 wounded had been brought to the institute, half of them in critical condition. The dead included a sessions judge, police said.

Roads around the court, in a prosperous residential sector of the city popular with foreign residents, were sealed off as police and paramilitary forces carried out a search.

Lawyer Murad Ali Shah described the dramatic moment the carnage began. “At 9am around 15 armed men surrounded the court compound. They entered the chamber and started firing,” he told AFP, adding that he had helped recover several bodies. “The attackers were armed with Kalashnikovs and hand grenades. They were wearing shalwar kameez and had long beards and long hair.”

On Sunday the Pakistani government announced it was halting air strikes against suspected Taliban hideouts in the country’s restive tribal areas along the Afghan border in response to the militants’ ceasefire.

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