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2015 Attock bombing

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Weapons  Explosive belt
Motive  Revenge
Location  Shadikhan, Pakistan
Non-fatal injuries  20+
Date  16 August 2015
2015 Attock bombing
Target  Shuja Khanzada, civilians
Deaths  at least 22; 20–25 missing
Perpetrators  Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ)
Locations  Attock District, Shadikhan
Attack types  Assassination, Suicide attack
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On 16 August 2015, two suspected suicide bombers detonated explosives at the home office of Punjab Interior Minister Shuja Khanzada in the Attock District village of Shadikhan, 80 km (50 mi) from the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. The blasts killed the minister and at least 21 other people; at least 20 people are still missing. Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), a Deobandi militant group with ties to Al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Attack

On Sunday, 16 August 2015, 71-year-old Shuja Khanzada was meeting with relatives and friends at his home office in the village of Shadikhan to condole the death of a relative who had died in the United Kingdom, when the attack was perpetrated by two men strapped with a combined 15 kg (33 lb) of explosives. According to the initial investigation, the bombers' intent was to collapse the building. The first bomber entered Khanzada's home office, shook his hand and detonated the device while standing next to one of the pillars on the veranda. It is believed a second bomber, standing on the street next to the building, then detonated his explosives, causing the building to collapse when the roof of the house caved in, trapping an unknown number of people under the rubble.

Investigation

According to a preliminary investigation, the attack may have been retaliation for the killing of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant leader Malik Ishaq by the Punjab Police. The attack was strongly condemned throughout the country, including by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef.

International reactions

The attack has been condemned by international leaders, including United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called for justice against those who planned the attack.

The United States also condemned the attack and offered to assist with the investigation. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad issued a statement, saying, “We support Pakistan’s determination to bring to justice those behind the attack and are prepared to provide assistance, if requested, to government authorities investigating this reprehensible act.”

References

2015 Attock bombing Wikipedia


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