MASTUNG: Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing (carried out by means of 10kgs of explosives & ball bearings) during an election-campaign-related corner meeting of Nawabzada Siraj Raisani in Dareengarh area here today killing 111 and wounding 200 people.
This attack, carried out today (on 13th July), is reckoned as the deadliest attack after Peshawar’s Army Public School carnage on 16th of December 2014.
Caretaker home minister of the province while confirming the death of Siraj Raisani told that Siraj died while being taken to a Quetta hospital. 150 people who got injured as the result of the explosion are being treated at District Headquarters Hospital.
Siraj Raisani, a candidate running for PB-35 Mastung from the platform of Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), was younger brother of former CM Balochistan Nawab Aslam Raisani. Tragically Siraj Raisani’s 14-year-old son too died in the 2011 Mastung Stadium blast. Nawab Siraj Raisani’s bother Aslam Raisani is also a candidate for the PB-35 Mastung seat.
Caretaker Balochistan Chief Minister Alauddin Marri condemned the suicide attack at an election meeting in Dringrah area of Mastung district in which at least 20 persons, Nawabzada Siraj Raisani, brother of former chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani, were martyred and many injured.
The chief minister, in a statement, expressed grief over the martyrdom of Nawabzada Raisani and others and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. He said the nation and the state institutions would have to unitedly face the terror acts being carried out during the election campaign.
Those who were targeting innocent citizens were enemies of humanity, he added. Chief Minister Marri directed the authorities concerned to ensure the best possible treatment to the injured admitted to hospitals. He also instructed the provincial home department and other authorities concerned to ensure foolproof security of the candidates and public across the province.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra Friday strongly condemned bomb blast on the convoy of former federal minister Akram Khan Durrani in Bannu and Mastung blast in which Siraj Raisani embraced martyrdom among other martyrs. He expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the two blasts and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured persons.
Meanwhile, interim provincial Minister for Information Khurram Shehzad, in a statement, also condemned the suicide attack and expressed over the martyrdom of Siraj Raisani and others. He prayed for the early recovery of the injured.
Pakistan Peoples Party leader Qamar Zaman Kaira Friday strongly condemned the Bannu blast and expressed grief and sorrow over the killing of innocent people in it. In his condolence message, he expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured.
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5 hurt as law enforcers’ vehicle bombed in Chaman!
CHAMAN: At least five people were wounded – two gravely – when a remote-control IED planted on a motorcycle was detonated targeting a patrolling vehicle carrying members of the law-enforcement personnel here today.
According to details unidentified miscreants also opened fire at the vehicle following the explosion. The wounded are being treated at Civil Hospital.
A huge fire erupted in nearby shops following the blast the damaged at least ten shops. Rescue teams and a contingent of security forces reached the blast site and began the rescue operation.
Four police men among five injured in Khaliqabad attack
QUETTA: At least five persons including four police personnel were injured in an exchange of firing between police and proclaimed offenders near Salarzai near Manguchar area of Kalat district today.
According to police, following on a tip-off, a police party conducted a raid at a place where the proclaimed offenders opened fire at them. Four police personnel including Inspector Asif Rasheed, Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Khair Muhammad, ASI Mehran, Constable Haji Khan, Constable Amir Bakhsh and one citizen Abdul Qayum received injuries during heavy exchange of firing.
The injured were shifted to nearby hospital for medical aids. No arrest was reported so far. Police cordoned off the entire area and started a search to trace out the suspects.
15 laborers stuck as oil tanker catches fire in Gadani
GADANI: 15 laborers got stuck as fire erupted due to flying sparks produced during welding works in an oil tanker at shipbreaking yard here today.
According to details, the dismantling of oil tankers was being carried out despite a ban on such activity imposed due to an inferno that claimed 26 lives back in November 2016.
Relevant pieces published earlier:
Rs. 18 million has been given to the heirs of the nine workers who lost their lives when an inferno engulfed a parked ship at Gadani Ship-breaking Yard on November 1, 2016. Conspicuous among others there were MPA Upper Dir Sahibzada Sanaullah and representatives of Gadani Ship-breaking yard. It is pertinent to mention here that nine out of 29 who were burnt to death on 1st November were from Lower and Upper Dir. Heir of each victim got a cheque of rupees two million (of which Baluchistan Govt. has chipped-in half a million rupees while Ship-Breakers paid 1.5million). (Published on 22nd January 2017).
Fire engulfed the same out-of-service LPG ship (owned by Rizwan Diwan Farooqi – former chairman Ship-breaking Yard Association – parked at plot No. 60) this morning, that caught fire last December too.
However, due to a swift operation carried out by firefighters, flames were doused and fifty-five workers were rescued.
Gadani Ship-Breaking Yard Plot 60 fire under control: All workers safe!
GADANI: Inferno, that has engulfed a ship parked here at the Ship-Breaking Yard’s Plot 60 Thursday (December 22), has been contained.
Rescue teams have evacuated all the laborers from the burning vessel.
Inferno engulfs another ship at Gadani: Déjà-vu for Les Miserables!
GADANI: While the exact number of laborers who died in the unused oil-tanker fire in Gadani-Ship breaking yard on November 26 is not known yet, another fire broke out today (Thursday, December 22nd) in a ship with a number of unknown workers trapped inside.
Relatives of the trapped laborers are in a state of grave panic fearing a rerun of last month’s hellhole scenario.
Laborers want judicial commission formed as death toll rises to 26 in Gadani ship-breaking blast
KARACHI: A judicial commission should be constituted under a Sindh High Court (SHC) judge to investigate the deadly oil tanker blast at the Gadani ship-breaking yard, demanded workers after the death toll from the explosion and fire has risen to 26. A local government official Zulfiqar Hashmi on Monday said that six more wounded from the Gadani shipyard have died.“One person died at home after being discharged from hospital while five others expired in hospital,” he said.
Laborers, during a protest on Sunday, demanded that the shipowner, contractors, and heads of government watchdog institutions should be arrested and tried for their negligence towards the laborers’ lives and environment. The ship-breaking workers urged the government and their employers to compensate each of their dead comrades with Rs.3 million as financial support for their families and give Rs.500,000 to each of the injured workers. Meanwhile, all activities at the ship-breaking yard in Gadani have been banned and a probe is underway.A high-level committee formed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to investigate the causes of the fire held its first meeting in Karachi Saturday and said it would finalize a report within a week.
Eleven dead, dozens injured as oil tanker explodes at Gadani ship-breaking yard
GADANI: At least eleven laborers were killed and more than 70 others injured in an explosion that occurred during work on an unused oil tanker in the Gadani ship-breaking yard, police said on Tuesday.According to a senior police official, over 100 people were working on the ship at the time of the blast.
“The workers died in a series of explosions occurred in the oil tanker due to gas welding work,” said the Deputy Superintendent of Police Hub.“About eight explosions have occurred, and more explosions are feared,” he added.The whereabouts of at least 20 other workers remain unknown. Some workers remain trapped inside the ship, whereas others who were able to exit the ship from above threw themselves into the sea. Rescue workers from Karachi and Hub area of Balochistan rushed to the scene. However, only a single fire engine was present at the time that remained unsuccessful in putting out the fire.The ship-breaking yard is the world’s third largest ship breaking yard located across a 10 km long beachfront at Gadani, about 50 kilometers northwest of Karachi.