Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taliban condemns Baloch terrorism

It would be a brilliantly ironic joke if the circumstances were not so utterly tragic.

Shahidullah Shahid, Pakistani Taliban spokesman, said, "It's tragic that innocents have been killed in attacks on public places. Such attacks are 'haram' (unlawful)."

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At least 23 people were killed and nearly 120 injured when a powerful bomb went off at a crowded marketplace in Islamabad early on Wednesday. The deadliest bombing occurred at a wholesale fruit and vegetable market of Pakistan's capital on the edge of its twin city, Rawalpindi.
The attack was claimed by United Baloch Army, a little known militant group seeking separation from the Pakistani state. "We carried out the attack in reaction to the continuous military offensives against us in our homeland," said an outfit's spokesman.

Eyewitnesses said the blast sent boxes of fruit and vegetables flying and left a deep crater at the site. Police cordoned off the area and started search operation. "It was an act of terrorism," said a police office, adding that the explosives were planted in a box of fruit and may have been detonated remotely.

The dead and wounded were rushed to nearby hospitals in Islamabad and Rawalpindi. "So far, we received 19 dead and 54 injured in the hospital," said Dr Aisha Eisani, the spokeswoman for the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad. "Almost all the injured and deceased are adult males, with many exhibiting head injuries. The bodies have been shifted to the mortuary and preserved," she added.

In an email statement sent to reporters, Shahidullah Shahid, Pakistani Taliban spokesman, said, "It's tragic that innocents have been killed in attacks on public places. Such attacks are 'haram' (unlawful)." Shahidullah claimed hidden elements were responsible for the recent acts of violence in Islamabad and Baluchistan. "The TTP remains committed to its ceasefire," he said.

However, inside sources revealed there was intense rivalry within the ranks of TTP over the issue of the ongoing talks with the government. The group opposing talks associates itself with slain Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud while the pro-dialogue group is represented by Khan Said Sajna, a senior Taliban commander considered one of the top contenders for the post of TTP chief after the death of Hakimullah Mehsud.


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