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Who Killed Me And Why?

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Abu Bakar, 11, fought a losing battle against death for a month and succumbed to his injuries a few days ago. He was injured in the suicide attack in Khar, headquarters of Bajaur Agency. Some 18 people have been killed in the blast. According to the parents of Abu Bakar, the deceased kid was asking the question of who has killed him. Why I was hit? This was the question of a little kid.

When I saw the face of little angel I lost control on myself. Actually I was present in the graveyard. Now this question is being openly asked by the people: who has been killing the people? No one knows the answer to this question, but there must be some people who are responsible for deaths and destruction in tribal areas.

According to a rough estimate, more 4,000 people including women and children have been killed just in Bajaur Agency. The whole town has been destroyed.

According to newspaper reports, seventeen people, three Levies personnel among them, were killed and 47 others injured when a burqa-clad suicide bomber blew himself/herself up at a checkpoint near Bajaur Scouts Camp.

The attacker, said to be 16 or 17-years-old, was stopped by the Levies personnel at the post in the main bazaar of Khar town, witnesses said.

He detonated the explosives strapped to his body after troops ordered a body search, they added.

According to some officials, the limbs and shoes recovered from the scene indicated that the bomber was a woman. They added, however, that police had yet to arrive at a conclusion.

The Bajaur Levies personnel killed in the attack were identified as Havaldars Aqeel Khan, Ghulam Ali, and Lance Naik Ziaur Rehman.

The other dead were identified as Nasir Khan, Noor Badsha, Mohammad Jamal, Obaidullah, Gul Mohammad, Irfan Khan, Ashraf Khan, Rehmatullah, Hazrat Shah, Ijaz Khan, Sodair Khan, Farman and Yusuf. Most of them were local residents.

The injured were taken to DHQ hospital, Khar. Later, the critically wounded were referred to hospitals in Peshawar.

The blast was so powerful that several shops and two vehicles parked nearby were destroyed.

Officials of the political administration and a large number of Bajaur Levies personnel reached the place, cordoned off the area and started rescue work.

All the shops were closed and an indefinite curfew was imposed on Khar after the blast. Political agent Iqbal Khan confirmed that it was a suicide attack, saying the head and legs of the attacker had been recovered.

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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