2011 Faisalabad bombing

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2011 Faisalabad bombing
Location Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Date 8 March 2011
Attack type
Car explosive
Deaths 25+
Non-fatal injuries
127+
Perpetrators Taliban

The 2011 Faisalabad bombing occurred on 8 March 2011.[1] At least 25 people were killed and over 127 wounded when a car bomb blast occurred in a compressed natural gas station in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad.[2] The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the explosion.[3]

Background[edit]

Faisalabad is the fourth-largest city in the country and an important industrial hub of the Punjab province; the attack was the first of its kind in the area, which usually remained safe from terrorist incidents.[4] Faisalabad is the home of Pakistani textile industry.[5] Pro-Taliban militant groups had been gaining strength in the area, which had previously witnessed sectarian violence.[6]

Attack[edit]

The car bomb went off at about 10:30 am and left a 7-foot deep by 15-foot wide crater.[1] According to local officials a Toyota Corolla packed with 40 kilograms of explosives was used in the attack.[7]

The vicinity in which the attack took place was said to be a sensitive area and surrounded by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and military offices. A Pakistan International Airlines building and an ISI building were damaged in the bombing.[2] The bomb caused several gas cylinders to explode and damaged several vehicles and buildings.[6]

The station was reduced to a pile of bricks and twisted metal. Rescue officials used heavy machinery and cranes to remove rubble from the scene to search for survivors.[2] Among the dead were an ISI officer and a school teacher.[8]

Responsibility[edit]

A spokesman for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan stated that the bombing, which targeted an ISI building, was in retaliation for the killing of Omar Kundi, a Taliban commander, by special forces in Faisalabad in 2010.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Masood, Salman (8 March 2011). "Car Bomb Kills at Least 24 Near Spy Agency in Pakistan". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Blast in Faisalabad CNG station, 25 dead". The Express Tribune. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Ahmed, Munir (8 March 2011). "Taliban car bombing kills 20 in east Pakistan". Associated Press. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "25 dead in fresh terrorist activity in Faisalabad". 8 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Taliban Car Bombing Kills 24 in Pakistan". Voice of America. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "'At least 20 dead' in car bomb in Faisalabad, Pakistan". BBC. 8 March 2011. Archived from the original on 9 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  7. ^ "25 killed in petrol station car bombing". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 8 March 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  8. ^ Desta, Samson (8 March 2011). "Taliban claims responsibility for deadly attack". CNN. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 

Coordinates: 31°15′N 73°03′E / 31.250°N 73.050°E / 31.250; 73.050