The city of my birth, Wah Cantt, has seen twin suicide bombings today:
At least 63 people have been killed in twin suicide bombings outside a munitions factory in the Pakistani town of Wah, hospital sources say.
The attack is the deadliest on a military site in Pakistan’s history.
The bombs hit the city, 30km (18 miles) north of Islamabad, as workers left. Many people were injured.
A spokesman for the Pakistani Taleban said they had carried out the attacks, which he said were a response to army violence in the country’s north-west.
Correspondents say Wah, in the province of Punjab, is a strategically important town normally under heavy security as it is home to a large industrial complex producing conventional arms and ammunition.
Local police chief Nasir Khan Durrani told the BBC: “Many others have been injured and we expect casualties to rise in the coming hours.
“At least 25 people have been critically injured.”
Mr Durrani said none of the dead was military personnel.
The first blast took place outside the gate of the factory as workers were leaving work during a shift change.
Minutes later, another blast took place at another gate of the same factory.
The two bombings were just outside Main Gate and Aslam Market gate. According to my information, the Main Gate was mostly for workers on bicycles and motorcycles and that’s where most of the casualties were. The other gate is for cars and officers. So the Taliban murdered poor workers.
Wah Cantt is a somewhat restricted area as any private vehicle going there has to stop at a security checkpost and identify themselves. However, public transport is not stopped.
I am still in shock at these bombings. I lived in Wah Cantt for a total of 15 years. My inlaws still live there. All I can say in response to these killings is: Fuck the Taliban! Fuck Jihad!
POSTSCRIPT: I forgot to mention the suicide bombing of a hospital two days ago.
Thirty-two people, seven policemen and two health officials among them, were killed and 55 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the emergency ward of the District Headquarters Hospital [in Dera Ismail Khan] on Tuesday.
[…] The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the attack.