2015 Attock bombing

2015 Attock bombing
2015 Attock bombing is located in Pakistan
2015 Attock bombing
2015 Attock bombing (Pakistan)
Location Shadikhan, Attock District, Punjab, Pakistan
Coordinates 33°55′21.0″N 72°22′46.6″E / 33.922500°N 72.379611°E / 33.922500; 72.379611Coordinates: 33°55′21.0″N 72°22′46.6″E / 33.922500°N 72.379611°E / 33.922500; 72.379611
Date 16 August 2015 (2015-08-16)
Target Shuja Khanzada, civilians
Attack type
Assassination, suicide attack
Weapons Explosive belt
Deaths at least 22; 20–25 missing[1]
Non-fatal injuries
20+
Perpetrators Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ)
Motive Revenge[2]

On 16 August 2015, two suspected suicide bombers detonated explosives at the home office of Punjab Interior Minister Shuja Khanzada in the Attock District village of Shadikhan, 80 km (50 mi) from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The blasts killed the minister and at least 21 other people; at least 20 people are still missing.[needs update][3] Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Deobandi militant group with ties to Al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attack.[4]

Attack[]

On Sunday, 16 August, 2015, 71-year-old Shuja Khanzada was meeting with relatives and friends at his home office in the village of Shadikhan to condole the death of a relative who had died in the United Kingdom, when the attack was perpetrated by two men strapped with a combined 15 kg (33 lb) of explosives. According to the initial investigation, the bombers' intent was to collapse the building. The first bomber entered Khanzada's home office, shook his hand and detonated the device while standing next to one of the pillars on the veranda. It is believed a second bomber, standing on the street next to the building, then detonated his explosives, causing the building to collapse[5] when the roof of the house caved in, trapping an unknown number of people under the rubble.[1][3]

Investigation[]

According to a preliminary investigation, the attack may have been retaliation for the killing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant leader Malik Ishaq by the Punjab Police.[3] The attack was strongly condemned throughout the country, including by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef.[2]

International reactions[]

The attack has been condemned by international leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called for justice against those who planned the attack.[6]

The United States also condemned the attack and offered to assist with the investigation. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad issued a statement, saying, “We support Pakistan’s determination to bring to justice those behind the attack and are prepared to provide assistance, if requested, to government authorities investigating this reprehensible act.”[7]

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References[]

  1. ^ a b Ali, Sarfraz (16 August 2015). "Death toll rises to 22 in suicide attack at Punjab Interior Minister Shuja Khanzada's political office in Attock". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Khanzada attack in retaliation of LeJ chief's killing: sources". Express Tribune. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Punjab minister Shuja Khanzada killed in Pakistan blast". BBC. 16 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Daud, Khawaja. "Punjab Home Minister Shuja Khanzada dies in suicide attack". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Hussain, Fayyaz (18 August 2015). "15 kg explosives used in attack on Shuja Khanzada". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  6. ^ Ali, Sarfraz (17 August 2015). "Ban Ki-moon condemns Attock terrorist attack". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "US offers help to probe Pak minister's killing". Tribune India. 18 August 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015.