Muslim Wire

Twin Blasts Rip Through Pakistan University

Posted in Politics, Society by muslimwire on October 20, 2009

Islamabad’s deputy inspector general Bin Yamin told Sky News the first explosion happened in a female cafeteria and the second in an Islamic law department.

A further 20 were injured at the campus, on the city’s eastern flank. One suspect has been arrested.

Television footage showed paramedics helping two casualties with blood stains seeping through their clothes.

One of the bombers donned a burqa before detonating explosives inside the women’s diner, according to police.

It is still unclear whether the attacker was a man or a woman.

Police superintendent Abdul Ghafar Quaiserani said the two suicide bombers struck almost simultaneously.

No group has so far claimed responsibility.

Pakistan has been rocked by a series of armed attacks by Taliban militants in the past two weeks.

The assaults left more than 170 people dead and included a 22-hour siege of the army’s headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital.

Authorities have been braced for more violence because troops are attacking a Taliban stronghold in the northwest South Waziristan area.

The fighting for control of the lawless region is a major test of the government’s ability to tackle an increasingly brazen rebellion.

Taliban and al Qaeda-linked militants have been blamed for a two-year campaign of suicide bombings and commando raids in Pakistan.

The death toll since 2007 has risen to 2,250.

:: The International Islamic University was established in the 1980s. Its sprawling campus has more than 12,000 students, nearly half of them women.

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