12 killed in Peshawar suicide attack on FC
PESHAWAR: At least 12 people, including four security personnel, were killed and 35 others injured in a suicide attack targeting paramilitary Frontier Constabulary Commandant Abdul Majeed Khan few steps off a military-manned check-post near the US consulate on Friday morning, officials said.
Majeed survived the attack as he was riding in a bullet-proof vehicle.
“I was the target,” a private TV channel quoted the commandant as saying.
The bomber, who witnesses said was on foot, blew himself up close to the commandant’s vehicle on Fakhre Alam Road, officials said, adding Majeed was on his way to the office when his vehicle was targeted.
Sifwat Ghayur, former FC commandant, was killed in a suicide attack just outside the FC headquarters in cantonment area on August 4, 2010. SP Mohammad Faisal told reporters that 10 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack on the FC commandant, who is assisting the KP police in fighting militancy on border between Khyber tribal region and Peshawar.
A statement from Lady Reading Hospital said it received two bodies while four expired moments after they were brought to the hospital for treatment.
However, police said 12 persons, including two FC and as many army personnel manning the check-post, were killed in the blast. The military did not confirm loss of two soldiers.
The blast damaged two motorcycles and four cars, including Marwat’s vehicle. Splashes of blood lay on the ground and an AFP reporter saw a pair of legs, presumed to be that of the bomber. Umar Din, 21, a rickshaw driver, said the force of the explosion flipped his rickshaw onto the ground.
“I came out and saw my passenger bleeding,” he told AFP. “I picked up the passenger on my shoulder and ran to a safer place, it was horrible, people were bleeding and crying,” he added.
Banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan made phone calls to media offices in Peshawar to accept responsibility for the attack. “We targeted the FC (commandant) for operations against the Taliban and tribal people.”
A senior investigator, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the militants had prior information about the commandant’s route and the time. “We cannot rule out the possibility of inside job,” the investigator told Daily Times. staff report/afp