Dozens Slaughtered In Massive Suicide Blast in Pakistan!
At least 55 are dead after a suicide bomber exploded himself at a Pakistani mosque during Id-ul-Zuha prayers.
Pakistan is rocked by another terrorist bombing.
Aljazeera has video of the mass destruction.
The BBC also has video of the bloody bomb blast HERE.
Relatives look at the body of a suicide bombing victim in Charsadda, Pakistan, December 21, 2007. (Ammad Waheed/Reuters)
The AFP reported:
At least 54 people were killed Friday in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northwest Pakistan targeting a former interior minister and close ally of President Pervez Musharraf.
The bomber blew himself up in a crowded mosque at the residential compound of Aftab Sherpao, an outspoken opponent of Islamic militancy who until last month was the top civilian anti-terrorism official.
Sherpao was reportedly unhurt in the attack, which hit as the mosque was crowded with Muslim faithful celebrating the first day of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.
The carnage raised the spectre of a bloody run-up to controversial national elections on January 8, with Musharraf — a pivotal figure in the US-led “war on terror” — battling to contain Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants.
The president condemned the “distorted thinking” of the militants and ordered the security and intelligence agencies to “track down the masterminds behind this abhorrent act,” the official Associated Press of Pakistan said.
Reuters put together a chronology of terrorist attacks in Pakistan since July.
It is starting to look like the “new Iraq.”
Pakistani police gather evidence at a site of a suicide attack site in Charsadda. At least 54 people were killed in a suicide bombing at a mosque in northwest Pakistan targeting a former interior minister and close ally of President Pervez Musharraf. (AFP/Tariq Mahmood)
NDTV has more on the horrible blast:
The former minister had gone with several members of his family to offer prayers at the mosque.
Witnesses said Sherpao and his kin were in the first row of the worshippers while the suicide bomber was in the second row.
“The blast occurred during the Eid prayers, and my son and nephew were wounded,” said Sherpao.
At least 54 people were killed in the attack, Senior Superintendent Police, Charsadda, Feroz Shah said.
Map of Pakistan locating the area of a suicide attack at a mosque Friday, according to police. (AFP/Graphic)