Friday, February 5, 2010

Karachi Blasts

 
Volunteers search damaged bus carrying Shiite pilgrims 
(Image credit: Associated Free Press, taken from Dawn.com)


Two separate attacks coinciding with the Chelum procession have left 25 people dead and more than a 100 wounded. A motorcycle rigged with explosives collided into a bus carrying Shiite pilgrims killing approximately 12 people, followed by a second explosion killing 13 people inside Jinnah hospital, where the injured were being taken. A television rigged with 25kg of explosives found in front of the hospital was disabled.In lieu of the attacks, the Chehlum procession was halted.

According to NYT, there are several conflicting accounts of the incidence. Some witness claim a motorcycle was used while another report suggests the bomber was aboard the bus.

Dawn.com has posted a gut wrenching media sideshow on the aftermath of both attacks.

Blast in Jinnah Hospital caught on CCTV-GeoTV


Blast caught on Cellphone camera-ARY News



Scenes from the attack sites-Express News


PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and Prime Minister Asif Ali Zardari condemn the blasts-"attack a heinous act"

Abdul Sattar Edhi narrowly escapes attack in Jinnah Hospital-The Guardian

Eyewitness accounts from AKS (Five Rupees)

I was at my office when the blast occurred which is only a few hundred meters away from the blast site and rushed home after the bomb. The biggest worry was that there may be more blasts or that there may be riots. The police was quick to cordon of the road from Tipu Sultan and it was apparent that most people on the road were trying to get home as soon as possible.
 Words from a survivor
"I will keep sitting here because it is my sons' blood, I want the terrorists to kill me as well."
P.S: I will update post as more information comes out

Update (5/02/10-1:45PM)

BBC coverage of attacks
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8501204.stm

Reuters
http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=38421345

Update (5/02/10-11:09PM)

Sindh Goverment announces compensation for families of victims

Sunni and Shiite Islamic scholars (Ulema) urge for calm