Pakistan Bomb Attacks: Security Guard Killed Foiling Major Outrage
Two bomb attacks in Pakistan killed at least 14 people on 2 September 2016. Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (Assembly of the Free), a breakaway group from the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed responsibility for both the attacks.
At least 13 people including four lawyers were killed in the city of Mardan, District Mardan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, after a terrorist thr
ew a hand grenade at the gates of the city court. Later the attacker blew himself up by detonating his vest after he was called aside by security forces to be checked.
Mardan is a commercial city along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Earlier in the day, Samuel Masih, a Christian security guard was killed at Warsak Dam, near the city of Peshawar, by terrorists in a gun battle that ensued after Masih foiled a major terrorist attack, as claimed by www.anglicannews.org. Three members of Pakistan’s security forces and two civilian guards were also injured as a result of the terror attack.
According to reports the four terrorists entered the Church campus at 6 am. They had automatic weapons and were wearing suicide vests. Samuel Masih alerted the police by raising an alarm; he reportedly challenged the terrorists and was killed as a result of gunfire.
After Masih raised an alarm, security forces surrounded the area and engaged the terrorists who were subsequently killed as per a statement released by Pakistan’s military Inter-Services Public Relations department (ISPR). Conflicting reports however mention that the terrorists detonated their suicide vests and were killed as a result.
The Church of Pakistan released a statement later in the day, and described Masih as “a brave man – indeed, a hero and a martyr who saved many lives.”
Rt. Rev. Humphrey S Peters, Bishop of the Diocese, also praised the “swift response of the Pakistani army, police and security forces,” and strongly condemned “this brutal act of terrorism against the Christian community.”
Jamaat-ul-Ahrar is the same group that was responsible for the Easter attack on the Christian community in Lahore on 27 March 2016. The Easter attack had killed over 70 people. Earlier the same group had also claimed responsibility for the twin bombings of the Youhanabad Churches killing 15 people and injuring 70.