Five innocent people were killed, and more than 23 were injured on Tuesday when a Taliban suicide bomber trying to enter a police compound blasted himself in Lahore, Pakistan. The city controlled by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself was shattered by the event that is claimed to be the revenge taken against the recent hanging of their colleagues.
This was the third brutal attack since the last month following the government decision’s to hang those convicted of the terror attacks.
“We claim the attack in Lahore because the government is killing our men in prison,” said Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for powerful Taliban splinter group Jamaat-ul-Ahrar. “We will get revenge for every man, and our struggle will continue until sharia is instituted in the country,” he said, referring to Islamic law.
Khawaja Salman Rafique, the health adviser to the chief minister of Punjab, said the suicide attack costed lives of four civilians and a policeman along with many casualties. Backing the police Lahore police chief Amin Wains said, the situation could have been even worse if the police had not been alert in keeping the bomber out of the headquarters. The bomber prematurely blew up himself outside the campus, he added.
Witness Ali Raza said the blast was so intense that the bodies went flying in the air and their parts were strewn in the streets.
The influence also reached Afghanistan where four suicide bombers exploded a police headquarters, resulting in death of 11 policemen.
Since 2012, when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif came into power, he has strived hard to settle peace with the Taliban. However, his very effort seems to go in vain, and the militant group appears to take life as swiftly as before. In one of their biggest attacks last December, they killed 134 children and 19 adults in Peshawar.
In previous two attacks this month; 80 people got killed.