QUETTA, 16 JUNE: Intelligence officials revealed today that a woman suicide bomber carried out the first attack on a bus carrying students of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women&’s University earlier yesterday.
At least 25 people, including the deputy commissioner of Quetta, 14 students of a women&’s university and four nurses were killed yesterday when a bomb tore through a bus, followed by a suicide attack and a gunbattle in the Bolan Medical College hospital, where the injured students were taken for treatment.
Banned outfit Lashkar-i-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for the bomb blasts.
An Intelligence official, who requested not to be named, said that a woman suicide bomber managed to sneak into the university bus. "When all the students gathered inside the bus, she blew herself up", he said.
Officials said they had no information about the identity of the bomber. Moreover, Intelligence officials said after the woman bomber blew up herself in the bus, a second male bomber followed suit and struck inside the crowded Bolan Medical Complex Hospital to wreak maximum damage.
According to the Intelligence personnel, the male suicide bomber was waiting inside BMC Hospital ward for the arrival of high level officials, including the Chief Secretary, and blew up himself when they reached.
Quetta Police Chief Mir Zubair Mehmood also said that the Deputy Commissioner of Quetta Abdul Mansoor Kakar was killed as result of firing outside the hospital.
Militants kill 2 Pak polio vaccinators
ISLAMABAD, 16 JUNE: Suspected militants shot and killed two polio vaccinators at Swabi in north-west Pakistan today, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the government’s vaccination campaign.
The vaccinators were attacked while they administering polio drops to children in Swabi area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, officials said.
This was the second such attack in Swabi.
In January, six women and a man working for a NGO involved in the vaccination campaign were shot dead in the district. Last month, the killing of a woman polio vaccinator on the outskirts of Peshawar city had prompted the World Health Organisation to suspend its vaccination campaign. pti