Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

No strategy and a beige suit

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014 (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

The World This Week - 29 August 2014

Read more

ENCORE!

Alain Choquette: A Hilarious Magician in Paris

Read more

FOCUS

France welcomes Iraqi Christian refugees

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Emmanuel Macron: A new economy minister with a pro-business agenda

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

More of this year's best Observers stories

Read more

#TECH 24

Changing the world, one video game at a time

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Socialist Party summer conference kicks off in explosive atmosphere

Read more

  • EU leaders choose Tusk and Mogherini for top jobs, discuss Russia sanctions

    Read more

  • Dozens of UN peacekeepers still held by Syrian jihadists

    Read more

  • Opposition protesters clash with Pakistani police outside PM's house

    Read more

  • Austerity row overshadows French Socialist’s annual rally

    Read more

  • Egypt sentences Brotherhood leader Badie to life

    Read more

  • Ceasfire allows Gaza families to relax on the beach

    Read more

  • S. Africa condemns 'military coup' in Lesotho

    Read more

  • Kerry calls for 'coalition of nations' to battle IS militants

    Read more

  • Ukrainian plane with seven on board crashes in Algeria

    Read more

  • Exclusive: Fabius warns Russia of more sanctions

    Read more

  • IMF backs Lagarde amid French corruption probe

    Read more

  • Ebola drug ‘ZMapp’ heals all monkeys in study

    Read more

  • British killer escapes from French psychiatric hospital

    Read more

  • Police hunt for British boy with brain tumour taken to France

    Read more

  • Ukraine to relaunch NATO membership bid

    Read more

  • Suriname leader’s son pleads guilty to courting Hezbollah

    Read more

  • Mapping Ukraine: Canada and Russia in ‘tweet for tat’ row

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Third suicide attack in two days kills seven in Kohat

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-04-18

A suicide bomber struck the town of Kohat, Pakistan, Sunday, killing seven people and wounding 26. It is the third such attack in the region in two days, after an earlier attack today and twin blasts near a displacement camp Saturday.

AFP - Seven people were killed Sunday in the third suicide attack in 24 hours in Pakistan's northwestern city of Kohat, which has become home to thousands fleeing rampant violence.

Police said the target of the latest strike -- hours after 42 people were killed by two suicide bombers dressed in burqas -- was a police station but the bomber exploded his car early after officers tried to stop him.

"The bomber exploded his vehicle at the back of the police station," city police chief Dilawar Khan Bangash told AFP.

All the dead were civilians, he added.

In all, 26 people were injured in the latest blast, Abdullah Jan, the district's top police officer, told reporters, adding: "These incidents are a reaction to the military operation in the tribal areas."

The attack destroyed three rooms of the police station in the garrison city and three rooms in a government-run primary school for boys, as well as vehicles and seven shops, police said.

Saeed Akbar, a watchman employed at a school also damaged in the attack, told AFP he rushed inside after sensing danger when the driver failed to stop his car despite police efforts to flag him down.

"I rushed back inside the school and suddenly a huge blast happened. The outer wall of the school fell on me, but myself with the grace of God was in my senses," he said while being treated for minor injuries.

Fida Hussain, a 30-year-old shopkeeper who suffered a shrapnel wound to his forehead, told AFP: "I saw a blue flame after the deafening blast. Something hit me on my forehead and I fell to the ground."

Sunday's attack came a day after two suicide bombers dressed in burqas struck a crowd of displaced people collecting aid handouts. Police said that 42 people were killed and more than 60 wounded.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reiterated Pakistan's commitment to fighting extreme Islamists in the northwest as he addressed army officers during the country's biggest war games in two decades.

"Pakistan and its armed forces are fully committed in a fierce struggle on its western border and are continuing to retain their capability to deal with all possible threats in the region," he told the gathering in Punjab province.

"I urged world leaders to come forward and share the responsibility in helping us fight the menace of terrorism for global peace," he added.

A campaign of suicide and bomb attacks has killed more than 3,200 people in less than three years across the nuclear-armed country of 167 million, blamed on Al-Qaeda, Taliban and other extremist Islamist groups.

Under US pressure, Pakistan has in the past year significantly increased operations against militants in its tribal belt, which became a haven for hundreds of extremists who fled Afghanistan after the 2001 US-led invasion.

In the two attacks on Saturday the bombers struck minutes apart in the Kacha Pukha camp on the outskirts of Kohat, a registration centre for people fleeing Taliban violence and Pakistani army operations close to the Afghan border.

The attacks reflected the grave threat posed by extremists despite the stepped-up Pakistani offensives and a significant increase in US drone attacks targeting Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked commanders in the nearby tribal belt.

Pakistan's latest military offensive and ongoing extremist violence have displaced at least 210,000 people from the tribal districts of Orakzai and Kurram, most of whom have registered in Kohat and Hangu towns.

The United Nations says 1.3 million people are currently displaced in the northwest.

The "Azm-e-Nau-3" military exercise, which translates as "New Resolve" in English, started on April 10 and will continue until May 20, mobilising up to 50,000 troops.

The audience watched artillery, cobra helicopter gunships and Pakistani Air Force fighters being put through their paces.
 

Date created : 2010-04-18

  • PAKISTAN

    Twin explosions strike refugee camp

    Read more

COMMENT(S)