Pakistan roadside bomb kills 14
Tuesday 12 August 2008
Fourteen people were killed today when a roadside bomb hit a Pakistan air force truck as the military pounded insurgent positions in a nearby tribal region.
The blast hit the vehicle on a bridge on the outskirts of Peshawar, provincial police chief Malik Naveed Khan said. The truck was travelling between the city and the nearby air force base in Badaber.
Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik said al Qaida-linked militants were likely to be behind the attack. He said Pakistan had been taking action against Taliban militants, but he did not say whether the attack was a response to recent military operations in the region.
"It is our firm resolve that we will root out terrorism from Pakistan, and all of our security agencies are working together to achieve this goal," he said.
The powerful explosion went off around 11am and tore a large hole in the bridge, reducing the Mazda truck to a smouldering wreck. The site was littered with debris, blood and also the mangled wreckage of a motorcycle.
A crowd of bystanders gathered at the scene as victims were ferried away in white minivan ambulances. Firefighters hosed down the blackened carcass of the truck, and air force investigators gathered evidence.
Air force spokesman Group Captain Tariq Mahmood said the truck was used to transport supplies to the air force base and had been returning to Peshawar when the blast happened.
A bomb disposal officer at the scene said it was planted under the bridge and contained between 30 and 40kg of explosives.
The bombing follows threats from Taliban militants to launch attacks on the government in retaliation for military operations in the north-western frontier region bordering Afghanistan.
It came as Pakistani army gunship helicopters attacked suspected militant positions in the Bajur tribal area.
Officials have said about 100 militants and nine paramilitary troops have been killed in the clashes so far. Thousands of residents have reportedly fled the area.
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Piers Morgan attempts to save the Union by promising to go back to the US if Scotland votes 'No' to independence
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
£400000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy Markets An...
£30000 - £35000 Per Annum Plus excellent benefits: Clearwater People Solutions...
£22000 - £23000 per annum: Randstad Education Bristol: We are currently recrui...
£35000 - £40000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: We are currently r...