Nine people, including two children, were killed and over 65 others sustained injuries when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi in the Clifton area here on Thursday. The incident at a place greatly revered by followers of all schools of thought horrified people all over the country. Following the incident, violence gripped several localities of Karachi. Six people were injured in violence while five vehicles were burnt in the city. According to eyewitnesses and police sources, at about6:45 pm when devotees were entering the premises of the shrine, a terorrist reached the central walkthrough gate in an attempt to enter the shrine without security check. But security personnel present on the spot tried to stop the suspect, who resisted and blew himself up. As a result, several people were injured. As the people were trying to move out of the area following the blast, another suicide bomber, who was arguing with security personnel near the manager√*s room, blew himself up. The second blast claimed many precious lives and injured several others. Huge gatherings of people are witnessed at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi everyday. The number swells on Thursdays. After the twin blasts, panic gripped the premises of the shrine, where several hundred people had assembled. Rescue teams ferried the injured and dead to the Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center (JPMC) and the Civil Hospital, Karachi (CHK). Amputated limbs were also found at the site of the blasts. Following the twin explosions, violence gripped certain localities of the city, while most areas of Karachi were completely shut down. Investigators probing the blasts stated that the blasts were suicide attacks and heads of two teenaged boys were found from the site. Hospital sources said they had received nine bodies, including two of children, one woman, four men, three incomplete bodies and two heads of the bombers. Police sources said the two children were identified as eight-year-old Ali Haider, son of Altaf Hussain, and five-year-old Omer, son of Mohammed Hussain. Both the children were residents of the Neelam Colony, Clifton. They hailed from Sahiwal, the sources said. The Sindh government has formed teams to investigate the suicide attacks. One team is headed by Additional IG Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Sindh, Saud Ahmed Mirza, and the members are DIG CID Karachi and SSPs of CID Sindh. The second team is headed by DIG Iqbal Mehmood and its members are the SSP Investigations of his zone. Another team is working under the supervision of DIG Investigation Karachi Iftekhar Tarar. There have been several attacks on shrines recently. Suicide bombings at the most revered shrine in Pakistan the Data Darbar recently left some 50 people dead and more than 150 injured. Another shrine attacked in Lahore in August 2010 was of less known Khaki Shah shrine. On July 14, 2010, a mosque and a shrine were destroyed in an explosion in the Khyber Agency√*s Landi Kotal tehsil. The first of the major blasts to hit a shrine in Pakistan were in March 2005 when 49 people were killed in an explosion at a Sufi saint√*s shrine in Gandhawa in the Balochistan district of Jhal Magsi. Meanwhile, several religious organisations and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) will register their protest against the killing of innocent citizens in Karachi by observing Friday as a day of mourning. The MQM and the Jamaat-e-Islami will observe Friday as a countrywide day of mourning while the Sunni Ittehad Council, Sunni Tehreek, Sunni Rahbar Council, Jafferia Alliance Pakistan (JAP), and the Wahdat-ul-Muslimeen have announced a citywide shutdown on Friday and a three-day mourning period to protest the bomb explosions at the shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi. They appealed to the people belonging to all sections of life to observe a complete strike in the city, urging traders to shut their businesses and the transporters to keep their vehicles off the road. They said the strike would be peaceful and asked the people to remain calm and avoid any provocation as the anti-Islam elements wanted to create a sectarian strife in the city. Several localities in Karachi wore a deserted look late on Thursday evening as political activists forced shops and markets to close. Five vehicles were torched and several people were admitted to hospitals with gunshot wounds. Petrol pumps across the city were closed and public transport virtually vanished as soon after the bombings. The MQM took the mourning-day decision at an emergency meeting of the Rabita Committee, held simultaneously in London and Karachi. MQM Rabita committee member Mustafa Azizabadi, talking exclusively to The News from London said: √¨One day√*s peaceful mourning will be observed on Friday.√ģ There have been several attacks on shrines recently. On July 14, 2010, a mosque and a shrine were destroyed after an explosion in the Khyber Agency√*s Landi Kotal tehsil. Recently, suicide bombing at the most revered shrine in Pakistan the Data Darbar left some 50 people dead and more than 150 injured. Another shrine attacked in Lahore in August 2010 was of less known Khaki Shah shrine. The first of the major blasts to hit a shrine in Pakistan was in March 2005 when 49 people were killed in an explosion at a Sufi saint√*s shrine in Gandhawa in the Balochistan district of Jhal Magsi. News Desk adds: The blasts occurred Thursday evening in quick succession at the entrance of the packed shrine of Abdullah Shah Ghazi, considered to be patron saint of Karachi and is revered by millions of people. Witness Hassam Uddin said the two blasts occurred near the main entrance of the shrine‚Äôs compound before the metal detector, and that he saw 18-20 critically wounded people lying on the ground. The death toll was at least 10, Sindh province Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza said, adding that suicide bombers were suspected because of the severed heads discovered. ‚ÄúWe have provided the best available security at this shrine,‚ÄĚ Mirza said. ‚ÄúHumanly, it is not possible to stop suicide bombers intent on exploding themselves.‚ÄĚ √¨Until now we have reports of ten casualties and around 60 people have been wounded and shifted to hospitals in these suicide attacks,√ģ Home Minister of Sindh province Zulfiqar Ali Mirza told the media outside the shrine. √¨They were suicide attacks. One of the suicide bomber was stopped at the outer gate and blew himself up while his associate managed to run through to the inner entrance where security staff overpowered him but he blew himself up,√ģ Mirza said. The second bomber blew himself up at a spot where visitors keep their shoes. Meanwhile, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan has claimed responsibility for the suicide blasts at the shrine of saint Abdullah Shah Ghazi here on Thursday. According to a foreign news agency, a spokesman for the TTP telephoned the British media service, claiming responsibility of the twin blasts that killed seven people and injured several others
By: The News