2011 Khyber Agency bombing

August 2011 Khyber Agency bombing
Location Jamrud, Ghundai, Khyber Agency, FATA, Pakistan
Date 19 August 2011 (2011-08-19)
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Deaths 48+
Non-fatal injuries
100+[1]
Suspected perpetrators
Pakistani Taliban

The August 2011 Khyber Agency bombing occurred on 19 August 2011 in Jamrud, Ghundai within the Khyber Agency of FATA, Pakistan. At least 48 people were reported to have died after a suicide bomber exploded his vest at a mosque during Friday prayers in the month of Ramadan when about 300[2]-500[1] people were praying; at least 40 others were also wounded.

Background[]

Pakistan has faced a renewed insurgency since the death of Osama bin Laden in April 2011, including bold attacks against military targets and the destruction of naval aircraft.[3][4]

On the same day of the attacks, the United States of America's Central Intelligence Agency's drones killed four people said to be "militants" in the wider tribal area.[1]

Attack[]

A suicide bomber who was said to have been a teenage boy exploded his vest at a mosque in the Ghundai area of Khyber Agency. The mosque was in an area inhabited by Kokikhel tribes who have been opposed to the Taliban activities and have fought to expel them from the region. Mutahir Zeb, a regional government administrator, said that the attack could have been in retaliation and that "many of the wounded succumbed to their injuries, adding to the toll that may rise further as there are still people in critical condition." Khalid Mumtaz Kundi, the deputy chief of the district administration, said that the suicide bomber was wearing 8–10 kg of explosives and was on foot when he exploded his vest in the prayer hall; he also said that ball bearings were used in the attack. According to Al Jazeera the whole mosque compound collapsed with many more worshippers buried under the rubble.

The wounded were taken via ambulances for treatment to the Khyber Teaching Hospital, Hayatabad Medical Complex and the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.[2]

Responsibility[]

Though no one laid claim to the attack, the Pakistani Taliban were suspected. According to Al Jazeera however, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's factions said that they do not carry out attacks on mosques.[2]

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References[]

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  2. ^ a b c "Scores killed in Pakistan mosque blast – Central & South Asia". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Declan Walsh in Islamabad (23 May 2011). "Pakistani militants hit Karachi naval base in Bin Laden revenge attack | World The Guardian". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Outside View: The Taliban after bin Laden". United Press International. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Suicide bomber kills over 55 in Jamrud mosque attack, South Asian News Agency
  6. ^ "CM condemns blast in Jamrud". Onepakistan.com. 19 August 2011. Archived from the original on 9 October 2011. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Imran Khan condemns Khyber Agency bomb blast". Insaf.pk. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "JI condemns Jamrud mosque blast". The News International. Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Sindh chief minister condemns Jamrud blast, Daily Times