Ataque suicida and exterior of the santuario Data Darbar Sufi de Lahore, ocho muertos
ISLAMABAD: At Least Eight People Died, Five Of Them Police And More Than 25 Suffered Wounds In An Alleged Suicide Bombing Outside The Sanctuary Of A Very Popular Holy Sufi In The City Of Lahore In Eastern Pakistan.
The Explosion, Directed To A Police Van, Occurred At 8.45 In The Morning In The Data Gunj Baksh Sanctuary, Dedicated To Abul Hassan Ali Hajvery, A Persian Saint Sufi Of The 11th Century, Within The Old Walled City Of Lahore The Sanctuary, Known As Data Darbar, Is Visited Every Year By Hundreds Of Thousands Of People From The Sunni And Shiite Traditions Of Islam. The Numbers, However, Rise In The Muslim Sacred Month Of Ramzan.
Hizbul Ahrar (HuA), A Splinter Group Of The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Is Responsible For The Attack. The Group Shared A Statement With The Media Indicating That Its Purpose Was The Police.
According To The Police, The Explosion Was A Mobile Police Van Parked Outside Door 2 Of The Sanctuary. The Images Of The Scene Show A Seriously Damaged Police Vehicle And Scattered Debris In Front Of The Sanctuary.
Arif Nawaz Khan, Punjab Chief Of Police, Confirmed The Death Of Five Members Of The Elite Force (branch Of The Police)." Elite Force Staff Was The Attacker's Objective." The Suicide Attacker Could Have Caused More Damage Due To The Direction He Had Approached, But It Was Directly To The Police Vehicle," Nawaz Khan Said.
He Said That The Authorities Had Maintained A General Security Alert, But There Had Not Been A Specific Warning About A Threat To The Sanctuary.
An Initial Investigation Made By The Bomb Elimination Squad Revealed That Seven Kg Of Explosive Material Was Used In The Attack.
Dr. Khalid Gondal, Vice Chancellor Of King Edward Medical University, Said That Nine People Died While The Condition Of Four Of The Wounded Was Critical. Gondal Said That Seven Bodies Were In The Mayo Hospital Of The City, While Two Were In The Morgue Of The King Edward Medical University.
Saleha Saeed, Deputy Commissioner De Lahore, Told The Media That One Of The Corpses Brought To The Mayo Hospital Was That Of The Alleged Attacker." It Was A Suicide Attack. Ball Bearings Were Also Used In The Attack," He Said.
The hardline extremists view mystical Islam, deeply rooted in the subcontinent, with contempt and consider its followers heretics. In the past decade, terrorists, who are wedded to the ultra-orthodox , had targeted shrines of prominent Sufi saints across Pakistan . In 2010, Data Darbar was struck in what was then one of the deadliest suicide attacks on a Sufi shrine in Pakistan , killing nearly 50 people.