- The toll from a suicide bombing at a weekend rally held by a pro-Taliban Islamist social gathering in Pakistan has risen to 63, marking one of many nation’s most devastating assaults lately.
- Following the assault, 123 people have been handled for accidents sustained within the blast, as confirmed by a hospital official.
- Practically 200 folks have been injured, with 80 having been discharged from medical care.
The loss of life toll from the weekend suicide bombing at a rally of a pro-Taliban Islamist social gathering in Pakistan jumped to 63, medical doctors stated Wednesday, within the wake of one of many nation’s worst assaults lately.
The tally from Sunday’s explosion rose after a bomber struck an election marketing campaign rally of supporters of a pro-Taliban cleric Fazlur Rehman in Bajur, the place the Pakistani army spent years preventing the Pakistani Taliban earlier than declaring the district away from militants in 2016. However Rehman’s Jamiat Ulema Islam social gathering has remained a potent political pressure intently linked to the Afghan Taliban.
Some 123 individuals who had been wounded in Sunday’s assault close to the Afghanistan border are being handled, in keeping with a hospital official. Practically 200 folks have been wounded and 80 have been discharged.
“I can affirm that to this point 63 folks have died within the suicide bombing,” Liaquat Ali, a spokesman for the state-run hospital in Bajur, stated Wednesday. He stated a number of the wounded persons are nonetheless being handled at hospitals in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He stated a number of the wounded have been nonetheless not in steady situation.
The most recent casualty figures have been introduced a day after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif requested neighboring Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to do extra to stop militants from crossing the border to stage assaults.
Rehman’s rally was focused Sunday by an Afghan-based branch of the Islamic State group, which has claimed duty for the Bajur assault. IS militants are Taliban rivals and have stepped up assaults for the reason that Taliban seized energy in Afghanistan in August 2021.
Sharif, after visiting a number of the wounded folks at a hospital in Peshawar, stated the militants discovered sanctuaries inside Afghanistan, regrouped and rearmed there, and subsequently infiltrated Pakistan to hold out anti-government assaults.
The Afghan Taliban authorities “ought to undertake concrete measures towards denying their soil be used for transnational terrorism,” he stated on Tuesday. Rehman’s social gathering is a part of Sharif’s coalition authorities.
Rehman on Wednesday demanded the arrest of all those that have been behind the bombing.
The Pakistani Taliban, often called Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, or TTP, is a separate group however allied with the Afghan Taliban. TTP has carried out a number of lethal assaults in Pakistan since final 12 months when it ended a ceasefire with the federal government. Nevertheless, it has denounced the Bajur bombing.
A Taliban assault on an army-run faculty in Peshawar in 2014 killed 147 folks, principally schoolchildren. In January, 74 folks have been killed in a bombing at a mosque in Peshawar. And in February, greater than 100 folks, principally policemen, died in a mosque bombing inside Pesharwar police headquarters.