Islamabad: Targeting para-military forces
which recently captured top al Qaeda operatives, Taliban
suicide bombers hit the house of a top Pakistan military
commander in southwestern city of Quetta on Wednesday, killing 26
people, most of them soldiers and wounding 82 others.
The suicide bombers, who detonated more than 90 kgs of
explosives, in and around the house of Deputy Inspector
General of the para-military force `Frontier Corps` (FC),
Brigadier Khuram Shehzad, missed him but killed his wife, a
colonel and many other soldiers.
"Twenty four bodies have so far been recovered in the
twin suicide attack in which the residence of the Brigadier
was totally damaged. The DIG himself is critically injured,"
Duniya television quoted local police chief Hamid Shakil as
The TV channel said more bodies were buried under the
Two of the dead were children travelling in a rickshaw on
the road in front of the house.
Claiming the responsibility for the attack -- first such
incident in Quetta -- the Taliban spokesman said it was in
revenge against the arrests of some top militants, including
Younis al Mauritani and two others.
In the blasts, the first suicide bomber detonated his car
laden with 90 kgs of explosives next to a group of Frontier
Corps soldiers and officers standing in front of their
commander`s house, while the second attacker managed to sneak
into the premises and blew himself up inside.
The house, located in a highly guarded area of Quetta,
capital of Balochistan province, was blown up by the impact of
the twin blasts, local police chief Hamid Shakil said.
Local TV channels reported that wife of the Deputy
Inspector General Frontier Corps was killed in the attacks,
while the Brig was critically injured and rushed to nearby
Witnesses said the car-bomber before unloading his lethal
fired at the guards outside the complex to create a diversion
for his other suicide accomplice to barge into the house.
The channels said the blasts from the explosives was so
loud it smashed glasses of nearby houses and destroyed several
All main markets in Quetta were closed as the powerful
blast created panic across the city.
Army and para-military forces arrived at the scene
and cordoned off the area.
The blast took place days after the Pakistan army
announced the security forces arrested a top al Qaeda leader.
The US had praised the arrest of Mauritani, who was
involved in planning and carrying out international
operations, according to the Pakistan Army.
Two other senior al Qaeda operatives, Abdul
Ghaffar al Shami (Bachar Chama) and Messara al Shami.