Suicide bomber strikes Shia gathering in DIK
PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia gathering in Dera Ismail Khan injuring at least three people, police officials said on Sunday.
The bomber had leapt in front of a car carrying people back from the gathering, in which top Shia leader Allama Sajid Naqvi was also present, said police official Muhammad Qasim Khan.
It appeared that the bomber’s explosives had not fully detonated as his body had not been damaged completely, he said.
The attack comes as the latest in a series of violent incidents in Pakistan. The country was rocked by suicide attacks in Islamabad and Karachi last week that had claimed more than 20 lives. On Saturday, a group of militants had attacked a Frontier Constabulary (FC) convoy in the Zargari area of Hangu district, north of Dera Ismail Khan. District Mayor Haji Khan Afzal had said that at least 13 paramilitary forces had died along with at least three militants, making the skirmish one of the deadliest for Pakistan’s security forces in recent months.
Adviser on Interior Rehman Malik on ruled out a full-fledged military operation in the area in response.