2017 Charsadda suicide bombing

2017 Charsadda suicide bombing
Part of the War in North-West Pakistan and Operation Ghazi
Tangi is located in Pakistan
Tangi
Tangi
Tangi (Pakistan)
Location Tangi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Date 21 February 2017
Target Sessions court
Attack type
Suicide bombing
Weapons Suicide belts, hand grenades, assault rifle[1]
Deaths 7 (+3 bombers)[2]
Non-fatal injuries
20[2]
Assailants three suicide bombers
Suspected perpetrators
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (claimed responsibility)

On 21 February 2017, suicide bombers targeted a sessions court in Tangi, Charsadda District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[3][4] At least 7 people were killed, including a lawyer and more than 20 others injured.[2][5] Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar claimed responsibility for the attack.[6]

Bombing[]

The explosions took place at the entrance of the sessions court.[7] Three suicide attackers were involved in the attack. The attackers were neutralized after a 20-minute gun battle with security personnel.[8] The three attackers also hurled six grenades. Four judges and around 40 lawyers were present within the premises of the court when bombers attacked the judicial complex.[3] According to DIG Mardan, each bomber carried 7 kilograms of explosives in his suicide vest.[1] Later, a CCTV footage available with media showed the alleged suicide bombers of the attack.[9]

Aftermath[]

About 10 ambulances were dispatched to Tangi from Peshawar, where the Lady Reading Hospital had been put on high alert.[3] The injured were taken to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital while the critically injured were later shifted to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar.[10] The body parts of the suicide bombers were sent to Lahore for identification.[11]

On 22 February 2017, security forces claimed to have arrested 3 facilitators of the suicide bombers. They were shifted to an undisclosed location for interrogation.[11] The Inspector General of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police claimed that the suicide bombers had come from Afghanistan through Mohmand Agency.[12]

On 23 February 2017, at least three gunmen attacked the NADRA office in Charsadda. The attack was foiled when police returned fire forcing the attackers to flee.[13] Following the attack, two motorcycles of the attackers were taken into possession. The area was then cordoned off and a search operation was initiated.[14]

Reactions[]

On 22 February 2017, in response to the Operation Ghazi, Pakistan Army launched Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad (literally meaning elimination of discord) across the country.[15] The operation aimed at indiscriminately eliminating residual threat of terrorism and consolidating gains of operations made so far. It further aimed at ensuring security of the borders. The countrywide de-weaponisation and explosive control were laid as the additional objectives of the operation.[16]

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of lives while praying for the victims. He praised the role of law enforcing agencies which prevented the attack while resolving to "continue to fight against terrorist elements".[17] Chief Justice Saqib Nisar also condemned the attack and offered condolences to the victim's families.[18]

An orial in The Nation, said that the response by security forces "can only be described as police heroics" while emphasizing on a need for "communal intelligence gathering" to foil future attacks.[19] The orial in The News International said that "the police officials who stopped the Charsadda attack should, no doubt, be praised".[20] The Express Tribune's orial lauded "the valiant efforts ... of those on duty" while questioning the "intelligence failure".[21]

References[]

  1. ^ a b Mohmand, Mureeb (February 22, 2017). "Terror in Charsadda: Police heroics avert possible carnage". Express Tribune. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Mohmand, Mureeb (February 21, 2017). "Six killed, over 20 injured as sessions court in Charsadda comes under attack". Express Tribune. Reuters. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "3 bombers killed during attack on Charsadda court: officials". Dawn. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  4. ^ Tareen, Sabz Ali (February 21, 2017). "Six martyred in attack on local court in Charsadda". Geo News. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Five martyred, three suicide bombers killed in Charsadda court attack". Samaa TV. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Explosions rock district courts in Charsadda". Al Jazeera English. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "7 martyred, 20 injured in Charsadda terrorist attack". The News International. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "Multiple explosions near session court in Charsadda, several injured". Dunya News. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  9. ^ Tareen, Sabz Ali (February 22, 2017). "CCTV footage shows alleged suicide bombers of Charsadda attack". Geo News. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Charsadda: Three policemen among 12 killed in suicide blast". ARY News. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Three 'facilitators' of Charsadda courthouse attack arrested". Express Tribune. February 22, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  12. ^ "Charsadda attack bombers came from Afghanistan via Mohmand: K-P IG". Express Tribune. February 23, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  13. ^ "Charsadda government office attacked by gunmen". Al Jazeera English. February 23, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Police foil attack on NADRA office in Charsadda". The Nation (Pakistan). February 23, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Pakistan Army launches 'Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' across the country". Dawn. February 22, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  16. ^ "Army launches Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad against terrorists across the country". Express Tribune. February 22, 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  17. ^ "PM Nawaz condemns Charsadda attack". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "CJP condemns Charsadda attack". Daily Times (Pakistan). February 22, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  19. ^ "Charsadda Attack". The Nation (Pakistan). February 23, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  20. ^ "Charsadda attack". The News International. February 22, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  21. ^ "The Charsadda attack". Express Tribune. February 21, 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.