Taliban disown attack; declare bombs haram

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PESHAWAR: Militant organisation Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) denied its involvement in the terrorist attack in Islamabad that left around two dozen innocent labourers dead and scores injured. Attacks on public places which kill innocent people are haram, Shahidullah Shahid, spokesman for the group, said on Wednesday in a statement emailed to newspaper offices. The spokesman condemned both the Sibi train and Islamabad Sabzi Mandi bomb blasts, which killed around 50 people. The Islamabad carnage comes amidst moves by the government to free non-combatants of the TTP to boost hopes for success of the talks with the militant organisation. “We are strictly enforcing ceasefire, and the media has acknowledged it,” the TTP spokesman went on to add. The bomb attack on a train in Balochistan killed at least 17 people and injured 40 others on Tuesday, officials said. The explosion occurred after the train had pulled to a stop and passengers were disembarking at Sibi railway station around 160 kilometres south of its destination Quetta. Two carriages quickly became engulfed by a scorching inferno and smoke as passengers, some of whom were on fire, screamed and struggled to escape, senior police official Mohammad Nazar, who was at the scene, told AFP. The Frontier Corps (FC) began an operation against insurgents early Monday in the Kalat District, around 300 kilometres southwest of Quetta. 

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