Blast in passenger van kills three Shia passengers in Gilgit

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Pakistan
Thursday, 02 October 2014

At least three Shia Muslims were martyred when an explosion ripped through a passenger van in Gilgit, while nine people, including four women, have reportedly been injured. The vehicle exploded and caught fire near Alam Bridge, located almost 60km West of Gilgit city, close to Jaglote town on Thursday.

An eye-witness named Mir Masoom Shah, who was at the DHQ hospital Gilgit, told local media correspondent that a bomb had been planted on the road-side near a culvert. The eye-witness also said that there were at least 25 people in the van when it was hit by the ‘road-side’ bomb. This information could not be verified from official sources.

Police sources have told Pamir Times that the nature of the blast is being investigated from all angles. There are reports that a 3 feet deep crater has been created at the blast site.
Some of the deceased and injured have been identified as Aqeel Shah s/o Sultan Shah, Mushtaq s/o Ali Madad and Syed Sabir s/o Baba Jan. The injured have been identified as Huda, Tahayya, Isha, Madiha, Zainab, Shama and Imrana.

The banned Terrorists Outfit Sipah-e-Sahaba aka AhleSunnat Wal Jamaat and Taliban were involved in the attack on passenger bus to ignite sectarian strife in Gilgit City to fulfill Nawaz Government agenda to destabilize Pakistan and eliminate the present environment of Shia and Sunni Unity in the Country especially in GB.

Speaking to reporters, senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Mohammad Ali confirmed the number of dead, which included two women. He said that the wounded also included a large number of women.

The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals following the explosion.

Police has started investigating the incident, although details regarding the exact nature of the blast have not yet been released.

The National Counter Terrorism Authority, through letter number 876 had informed the Home Dept of Gilgit-Baltistan regarding the terror threat yesterday. Reports to this effect had also been published in regional newspaper.

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