Mian Channu school house bombing

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Mian Channu school house bombing
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Punjab (Pakistan)
Location Mian Channu, Punjab,  Pakistan
Date July 13, 2009
Around 9 am
Attack type
School bombing, mass murder, terrorism
Weapons IED
Deaths 12+
Non-fatal injuries

The Mian Channu school house bombing occurred on 13 July 2009 when at least 12 people including 8 children died, in the city of Mian Channu, Pakistan after an explosion in a school.[1][2]


The blast happened in a school house used to teach Qur'an to the children.[3] The blast took place soon after a class was completed at about 9 am and the students were leaving the house.[4] Forty other houses were destroyed and 60 people were injured.[5] The house was owned by Riaz Ahmad Kamboh, a religious teacher.[4] The blast left a crater 40 feet wide and 8 feet deep.[1] After the blast a steel box containing audio tapes of sermons by clerics belonging to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi was recovered from the house. It appeared that the house was also being used as an ammunition dump. According to the police small rockets and missiles propelled by shoulder-fired launchers were among the other material recovered from the site.[1] It was theorized that the blast was accidental.[6]


Prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani condemned the blast and ordered an enquiry into the explosion.[7] Subsequently the police filed an FIR against three including Riaz in connection with this explosion.[8] It was reported that Riaz Kamboh was recruiting fighters for Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan and was an expert at making suicide vests.[9]

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