Islamabad International Airport – Another Suicide Attack

Jaded and Backpacker have already briefed you about this yet another bombing attack in Islamabad …!

A few more details … as they are coming in …!

Islamabad’s airport was attacked by yet another suicide bombing attempt almost two hours back (9:15 PM).

A person having light beard and of 30-35 years of age entered Airport at around 9:15 PM, accompanied by another man. They came in a taxi (gilgit rgistered – from Golra) (taxi driver’s also being captured). According to an injured ASF officer, Abdullah, “the man was of medium stature, bearded, chubby, fair coloured, 40-45 yrs old and looked like taliban”. (maybe of Afgan Origin)

Scared of checking by ASF officers, one of the man ran towards the VIP lounge and started firing through his two rifles – upon back-fire by ASF he came back to the parking lot (His firing caused two ASF officers and an elite force officer injuries) – Seeing his failure the attacker took out a grenade that slipped into his feet, thus killing him.

Rumors are (still not confirmed) that there was another accompanying man who got inured in this and is captured by the forces. Two ASF officers got killed as well.

The upper body, hence the face, is intact and is in recognizable condition.

Airport is sealed. HIGH SECURITY ALERT IS again ON in Islamabad. All other airports in Country are on high alert too. Army is in command of security at airport now. All flights towards Islamabad have been turned towards Peshawar and Lahore.

According to Intelligence sources (not confirmed) … these people were staying in Lal masjid and such an activity was anticipated by them.

Hence the count of Suicide Bombings in Islamabad reached toll of 5 (correct me if I’m wrong) 2 on Mushy, 1 in barri Imam, 1 in Mariott and no this 1.

Till more news comes in …!

10 Comments so far

  1. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 1:48 am

    WOW – this is going to continue to damage the image of a nation which desperately wants to invite foreign investment. Islamabad was supposed to be safe, but when they hit the airport with such ease be prepared for s strip search all over the country a mile before you even come near the airport. Idiots

  2. JayJay (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    Lal Masjid seems to have become the planning hub of terrorist activities within the country and without (remember the links of the mosque with terrorism suspects in the UK) . It was only a fortnight back Mullah Aziz used the Friday sermon to threaten suicide attacks againts public building and installations. At least he’s proving to be a man of his words. What government will do? Nothing as usual. The Children’s Library next door is still occupied by Ninja-girls armed with sticks, egged on by Mullah Abdul Rashid, who happended to be the brother of the chief priest.

    These people are only ending up tarnishing the sanctity of mosques and madrassas. Extremism and rigid mullah has brought a bad name to Islam — rather they have completely changed the image of a religion which could have been portrayed very differently.

  3. JayJay (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 4:54 am

    What kind of war is it which is fought against innocent civilians? What justification is there in any religion or idealogy to terrorise and kill fellow Muslims?

    A tree know by its fruits. A schools is known by the achievements of its students. A religion is known by the deed (not words) of its followers. Well, we are cannot parroting for long that Islam is religion of peace, when its most staunch followers keep themselves blowing up to kill civilians of their onw country to settle score with Musharraf or Bush. Who will buy this “religion of peace” claim?

    It is time to do some naval-gazing by the generally moderate and educated population about the future of this great country.

  4. Purple_Haze (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 5:54 am

    Wah! we first saw them fighting against the Women’s protection bill, then among themselves, and now against innocent muslims & our home. What else do you want them to do before you wake up?

    The people and the government has to make a decision asap, if we want to tolerate talibanization or not? A “zero tolerance” strategy needs to get in place and hard power (army/law enforcement) should be used against all terrorist elements.

    This is going to be a major undertaking and can include heavy military action in FATA. That area needs to be wiped out and resurrected from scratch as part of NWFP with modern infrastructure.

    Above all this the “people must support” such serious action. Otherwise this will continue to get worse and have devastating affect that I dont even wana mention. This half hearted actions will not solve the problem. Country cannot go in two different directions choose one and stick to it. Either support talibanization & become a failed state or choose enlightenment & moderation and become a global economic power with peace & prosperity. But the government & people MUST choose and “take action”.

  5. JayJay (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 7:09 am

    @Purple_Haze: I fully agree.

    When would it all end?\story_7-2-2007_pg13_7

  6. FaKeeRa (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 9:49 am

    well, according to the Information and broadcasting Minister Durrani, it wasn’t a suicide attack, just read this morning in “The News”. the guy was throwing a grenade at the security officials and they killed him during a gun battle.

  7. 1967 (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 10:05 am

    What else can you expect if you are to become a zombi, following ritualistic practices without the ability or the freedom to think independantly on your own? Yes you got it right, you just become a mindless, brainwashed ape, who is at war with the rest of the world.

  8. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    @jayJay: the gals are no more armed with sticks they have KALASHNIKOVS now … will post a pic lately tonite … !

  9. JayJay (unregistered) on February 7th, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    @A FOR[PINE]APPLE: If it is correct, it is a dangerous escalation. They want to divide the society into warring factions. It is time for the government to put its foot down once and for all to erdicate this militancy in the name of religion. They can’t make the country hostage to their narrow thinking.

  10. Sajid Iqbal (unregistered) on February 8th, 2007 @ 7:32 pm

    Everyone here want to be a killer, not killed one. Some killing by KITes and some by sucide attacks. We need to write about every espect of killings innocent peoples. Feeling great grief for those killed in sucide attacks, I also feel really sorry for innocent lives lost in Waziristan, Bajur etc in the name “War against Terror”.

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