DI Khan (November 24, 2012): At least seven people were killed and around 14 were injured, including children and police officials, when a bomb exploded in the Bannu Chungi area of DI Khan on Saturday.
According to the police, a remote-controlled bomb was planted in the garbage near the Karim Khan mosque and went off when a Muharram procession, consisting of around 15 people, was passing by.
“It was a homemade bomb which was kept inside a pressure cooker and planted in the garbage,” an official of the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) told TheExpress Tribune.
The Bomb Disposal Squad reached the site and the police cordoned off the area.
Police officials claimed that the area was swept before the procession passed by and the police were providing security when the incident took place.
According to Bomb Disposal Squad, around 8-10kg explosives, along with ball bearings, were used in the blast.
The security for the main procession has been beefed up with more police officials accompanying the procession and army put on high-alert.
The injured have been shifted to District Hospital, DI Khan.
Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Police, Qazi Jamilur Rehman told media persons that security had been enhanced after the incident and all Muharram processions will go ahead as scheduled.
He added that police personnel, including Frontier reserves and Elite personnel will provide security.
Police had cordoned off the area after the incident and had launched a search operation. A suspect was arrested from the site and shifted to an unknown location for further investigations, a police official said.
Army personnel were called in and deployed on different routes for Muharram processions. Roads were deserted after the incident.
No FIR was registered till the filing of this report.