Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Update on Islamic University Blasts

Aljazeera correspondent describes on the scene carnage in a short blog post:

Inside the university, the smell of smoke makes you choke. On the ground, a blood trail leaves you in no doubt as to the ferocity of this attack.


Everyday objects are strewn across the floor. I pick up a watch, a cheap $10 affair from one of the local markets. It's blackened and burnt.


I wonder if its owner is alive or dead.

More details emerge about the blasts. According to Associated Free Press (AFP), the first bomb went off in the faculty of Islamic Jurisprudence used by male students and the second went off in a women's cafeteria.

There has been no responsibility claimed for these attacks although the blast bears similarity to the recent wave of suicide bombing carried out by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Interior Minister Rehman Malikr responds :"Pakistan is in a state of war"

PM Office condemns the attacks

...the perpetrators of such heinous crime would not be spared.

CNN reports live from the blast site


Conspiracy theories emerge;Indian (RAW) and Israeli(Moussad) intelligence agencies behind the attacks

Orla Guerin of BBC News reports

One of the blasts happened outside the office of the professor of Sharia law. The blast was so powerful that it punched a massive hole in the wall of that office.

Rubble and masonry were littered on the floor, as well as some shoes - it's unclear whether these belonged to the bomber or one of his victims.

One student said the sky went dark when the explosion happened, that some people ran away in fear while others tried to help the victims.


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Video news coverage:

Dunya


Dawn News Report


Geo TV

Blasts at Islamic University in Islamabad

Militants have continued to step up their attacks in the wake of the the South Waziristan offensive. Today, two bomb blasts were set off at the Islamic University in Islamabad killing seven people (including the two suicide bombers) and injuring 29 others. Up to four thousand students were present at the time of the blasts, one of which occurred inside a classroom. I will continue to provide update as more details emerge.