Pakistan hit by attack on Christian colony and court bombing

Pakistani officials examine a site of bombing in Mardan, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. Northwestern Pakistan was struck by two separate militant attacks on Friday, when gunmen wearing suicide vests stormed a Christian colony near the town of Peshawar, killing one civilian, and a suicide bomb attack on a district court in the town of Mardan killed scores of people and wounded many. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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Blast on Peshawar’s outskirts kills two

Police sources said goods related to an anti-polio campaign were being distributed at a small medical facility in Bazid Khel area when the explosion occurred. — File Photo

(Dawn.com)  PESHAWAR: At least two people were killed and 13 others were injured in an explosion on Monday near a medical facility in Bazid Khel village of Budh Bher’s Suleman Khel area on the outskirts of Peshawar.

SSP (operations) Najeebur Rehman had earlier quoted the death-toll as six but later revised the figure after receiving confirmation from hospital sources.

Rehman said two people had died, including one policemen and one member of a peace committee, and 13 others were injured in the explosion.

Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman for the Jundullah group, a faction of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack.

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School lessons in American ally include jihad

‘They are the enemies of Islam; therefore we target them’

(WND) There’s a simple reason why attacks on Christians in Pakistan, like the Sept. 22 incident when two Taliban suicide bombers blew up themselves – and 80 Christians – at a church in Peshawar, happen: The nation’s education system.

According to a new report from the Middle East Media Research Institute the textbooks used in public schools across Pakistan teach that killing Christians is a goal and martyrdom is to be sought.

 The report by Tufail Ahmad, the director of the organization’s South Asia Studies Project, noted that Ahmad Marwat, a spokesman for Jundul Hafsa, commented about the attack on Christians.

Jundel Hafsa claimed credit for the deadly bombing of Christians at the 130-year-old All Saints church and Marwat explained, “They are the enemies of Islam; therefore we target them. We will continue our attacks on non-Muslims on Pakistan land.”

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Car bomb kills 37 in northwest Pakistan

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EDITOR’S NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT – Pakistani men reach to help injured women at the site of a blast shortly after a car explosion in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. A car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan Sunday, killing scores of people in the third blast to hit the troubled city of Peshawar in a week, officials said.                           MOHAMMAD SAJJAD — AP Photo

By RIAZ KHAN — Associated Press

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A car bomb exploded on a crowded street in northwestern Pakistan Sunday, killing 37 people in the third blast to hit the troubled city of Peshawar in a week, officials said.

The latest explosion appeared to have been a bomb planted in a parked car and detonated by remote control, said police officer Zahid Khan. It went off in a crowded market that is the city’s oldest bazaar near a mosque and a police station, officials said.

The blast damaged the mosque and nearby shops and caused many vehicles to go up in flames, said police officer Nawaz Khan.

The city’s top government official, Sahibzada Anees, said 37 had died while 75 were under treatment at the city’s Lady Reading Hospital.

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Bus bombing in Pakistan kills 18

Pakistan bus bombin 27 Sept 2013

(SOURCE) PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A bomb exploded aboard a bus carrying local government officials in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens of others.

The attack in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province occurred as the local officials were being transported from government offices in Peshawar to their homes outside the city. It was the second deadly attack in less than a week in Peshawar, where residents are still grieving over a massacre in which 85 people were killed at a Christian church on Sunday.

Sahibzada Mohammad Anis, commissioner for Peshawar, the northwestern provincial capital, said it appeared that a bomb was planted on the bus.

Shabir Khan, who witnessed the explosion, said about 100 people were on board at the the time. Eyewitnesses told Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper that the force of the blast hurled passengers out of the bus and onto the road.

“The bus has been badly damaged, and I fear casualties will rise,” said Khan, 31.

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Heavy rains sweep across Pakistan, killing 14

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains that swept across Pakistan brought down more than 100 homes and caved in a factory wall, killing at least 14 people in the downpours Saturday, officials said.

The rains caused about 120 houses to collapse in different areas of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, killing at least eight people, said Latifur Rehman, a provincial disaster management spokesman.

In southwest Baluchistan province, heavy rain caused the wall of a factory to buckle in the town of Hub, killing six people, including four children, police officer Hidayat Baluch said. Three people were injured, he said.

Also Saturday, police said unknown gunmen ambushed and killed four police officers in their patrol vehicle overnight in the restive southern port city of Karachi.

The four officers were on night duty near a bridge in the eastern neighborhood of Faisal Colony, senior police officer Tahir Naveed said. Investigators found their bodies inside the vehicle, which had been sprayed with pistol and rifle fire. The overnight attack seemed intended to demoralize the police force, Naveed said.

Karachi is home to multiple conflicts that frequently turn violent, including gang wars and ethnic and political rivalries. Islamic militants also use the city as a hiding place and a source of fundraising through bank heists, extortion and kidnappings for ransom.

Pakistani actress brutally doused in acid — allegedly by her producer after she spurns marriage proposal

The family of Bushra Waiz, also known as Shazia Aziz, says Shaukat Khan broke into their home and viciously attacked the teen.

A Pakistani relative holds, Bushra, a television and theater actress, who was horrifically burned in an acid attack.

A Pakistani relative holds, Bushra, an 18-year-old television and theater actress, who was horrifically burned in an acid attack early Saturday morning.

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An 18-year-old Pakistani actress suffered critical burns after a crazed man allegedly broke into her family’s home in the middle of the night and doused her face with acid when she refused to marry him.

Family of Bushra Waiz say it was her producer who broke in and threw the acid only moments after she rejected his marriage proposal as she lay terrified in bed early Saturday morning.

The Pashto-language singer, actress and theater artist, who’s also known by the name of Shazia Aziz, sustained burns to the right side of her face as well as her right leg, arm and eye.

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Pakistan court attacked by suicide bombers and gunmen

Four dead in Peshawar as militants battle with security forces in suspected attempt to break cohorts free from jail

Police examine teh site of the bombing at a court complex, in Peshawar.

Police examine the site of the bombing at a court complex in Peshawar. Photograph: A Majeed/AFP/Getty Images

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A suicide bomber blew himself up in a courtroom in the north-westPakistani city of Peshawar, killing four people and wounding more than 40 others, officials said.

Two militants attacked the back of the court compound and were confronted by three police guards, according to police officer Masood Afridi. The militants shot and wounded the policemen, but not before one of the guards killed one of the suicide bombers.

The other bomber managed to get into the courtroom and detonated his explosives, said Afridi.

Four people were killed and 47 wounded in the attack, said Habib Arif, a senior government official in Peshawar. Twenty of the wounded were discharged from the hospital after receiving first aid, while 27 remained under treatment, said Arif.

The female judge who was presiding over the session inside the courtroom that was attacked was among the wounded, said a police officer, Mohammad Arshad Khan.

Naeem Ullah was standing outside the courtroom when the bomber blew himself up. The blast “caused all of the glass in the windows to break, and I was wounded in my leg and back”, said Ullah. He spoke while receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The attackers may have been trying to free militant colleagues jailed on the premises of the compound, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where Peshawar is the provincial capital.

Hussain initially suggested the attackers may have taken hostages, but later said the situation was under control.

TV footage showed people running for safety, including wounded people being assisted by others. They included two police officers, a lawyer and other civilians, including one man whose clothes had been torn to shreds. Police commandos and army soldiers rushed toward the complex as the wounded were shifted to stretchers and taken to the hospital.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Elsewhere, in the southern port city of Karachi paramilitary forces arrested a militant leader who was involved in the kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, said two paramilitary officials speaking on condition of anonymity.

Qari Abdul Hayee, a former leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group in southern Sindh province, was detained on Sunday in Karachi, according to the officials. He also went by the name Asadullah and was involved in other attacks in Karachi, they said.

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