Quetta Allama Najfi escaped in Bomb Blast
May 25, 2010
QUETTA: Two people were killed and 15 others, including women and children were injured in a bomb blast at the Quetta Airport Road.
In a statement issued soon after the blast, the Shia Ulema Council claimed that the main target was prominent Shia scholar Allama Ghulam Mehdi Najfi who remained unhurt.
Allama Najafi was passing by the site at the time of the blast. Najfi dropped another Shia scholar Allama Sajid Naqvi at the Quetta Airport and was returning home.
Official sources said unidentified men had planted an explosive device in a rickshaw, which was parked on the main intersection of the Airport Road. Two people including the rickshaw driver and a passenger died on the spot and 15 others, including three women and seven children who were on their way to a wedding in a passenger van were injured.
Police officer Mohammad Riaz said that it was possible that the passenger in the rickshaw, who died in the blast, was carrying the bomb, which exploded prematurely.
The bodies of the two men who were killed in the blast, as well as the injured were taken to government Sandman Hospital Quetta. Hospital sources said that three of the injured children were in a critical condition.
The deceased were identified as Abdul Hamid, the rickshaw driver and a passer-by Naseebullah. The injured were identified as Malik Dad, Zarka, Zaghia, Zohara, Khaliq, Abdul Rehman, Mohammad Musa, Sayed Yaqoob and Khudaydad.
The Bomb Disposal Squad said around 15 kilogrammes of explosive material was used in the blast. SP Saddar, Dr Furrukh confirmed that the vehicle of Shia scholar was passing the area when the explosion took place. Earlier in the day, an explosive device along with a detonator was found at the Excise and Taxation Office in Quetta on Monday. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) defused the bomb immediately. DIG Hamid Shakil said that suspected miscreants had left the explosive device wrapped in a packet near the washroom of the office.