Thursday Feb 16, 2017

Recent history of terrorist attacks in interior Sindh

Recent history of terrorist attacks in interior Sindh

KARACHI: The deadly suicide bombing in Sehwan which claimed the lives of at least 72 people on Thursday, is the latest in a string of attacks carried out in interior Sindh in recent years.

On February 6, 2013, a blast tore through Dargah Pir Hajan Shah Huzoori in Marri village near Shikarpur killing four and injuring 12 others, including Syed Hajan Shah, the Gaddi Nasheen (a descendant of the saint and custodian of the shrine). Investigators believe the incident to be suicidal and as the first suicidal attack in interior Sindh.

On February 20, 2013, a blast targeted a religious rally near Jacobabad that killed one person and injured 12 others.

A remote-controlled bomb planted roadside was detonated when a vehicle carrying Pir of Qambar Sharif, Sain Hussain Shah was passing by. In this attack Syed Hussain Shah was seriously wounded besides 12 others, while his grandson, Shafiq Hussain Shah, died.

On May 1, 2013, former MNA Ibrahim Jatoi escaped unharmed in a suicide bombing in Shikarpur district which left two people wounded, according to police.

The attack came in southern Shikarpur district when Jatoi, a National People’s Party (NPP) candidate from NA-202 Shikarpur, was on the campaign trail. A suicide bomber on a motorcycle blew himself up near Jatoi’s vehicle, but fortunately the ex-MNA and his associates escaped unhurt due to their bullet-proof vehicle.

On January 30, 2015, at least 60 people were killed and 60 others injured in an explosion inside a central imambargah in Sindh province's Shikarpur district.

The exact nature of blast still remains unknown, but authorities suspect it may have also been a suicide attack.

On October 14, 2015, a bomb targeted a Muharram procession near Shershah Haveli in Jacobabad's Lashari Mohalla, killing at least 20 people and injuring many others. Police had claimed the attack was suicidal.

On September 14, 2016, a suicidal attack took place in Khan Pur area of district Shikarpur, wounding 11 persons. The impact of the blast was lessened as local people and police personnel had spotted the bomber and attempted to foil the attack.

It is pertinent to mention here that Karachi, the provincial capital and financial hub of country, has witnessed 22 suicidal attacks from 2002 till date with the highest five such attacks in 2014.