Pakistan Suicide Bombing: Pakistan Suicide Bomb
Published: December 29, 2015
Pakistan Suicide Bombing: Pakistan Suicide Bomb, A suspected suicide attack at a government office in north-west Pakistan has killed at least 22 people, police say.
The bomb went off outside the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) office in the town of Mardan.
A faction of the Pakistani Taliban said it carried out the attack, which left more than 30 others wounded.
The attack is one of the deadliest since last December’s massacre of 150 pupils and teachers in Peshawar.
The bomber in Mardan reportedly arrived on a motorbike and blew himself up when stopped by a security guard outside the Nadra building.
The office is usually crowded with people lining up to get ID cards.
Police put the death toll at 22 so far. Most of the dead and wounded are civilians, BBC correspondents say.
The Bacha Khan Medical complex has received at least 16 dead bodies and dozens of injured people, Reuters news agency reports.
Taliban-linked militants in Pakistan are desperate for good targets – this is clear from Tuesday’s attack and the one that occurred at a marketplace in the Kurram tribal region earlier this month, killing 24 people.
But the situation the militants find themselves in is not new. They have been playing hide-and-seek with the Pakistani security agencies for over a decade, so although the military say they have no chance of making a comeback, they have enough experience to keep the authorities on their toes from time to time.
The militants probably want the people to know that although the military push against them means they are restricted for the time being, they are still as potently lethal as in the past.
That was demonstrated in September when Taliban gunmen stormed an air force base in Peshawar, killing 29 people – down, but definitely not out.
If the attacker had not been stopped by a security guard at the office’s gate, the death toll would be significantly higher, Mardan police Deputy Inspector General Saeed Wazir told BBC Urdu’s Adil Shahzeb.
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