ISLAMABAD: A blast in parking area of the Danish embassy located in F-6 II, the most sensitive area of Islamabad, left eight persons killed and twenty-six others injured on Monday. Of the injured, seventeen have been shifted to Polyclinic and nine to PIMS. Seven of them are said to be in critical condition. The blast was so powerful that it smashed windowpanes of the nearby buildings. A nearby UNO office building was also damaged. While the front wall of the embassy was completely demolished. And it damaged the road as well.
Advisor Interior Rehman Malik said that of the dead, one is foreigner and four Pakistani nationals. Two of them are security personnel and one is security guard. He said he has formed an investigation team comprising senior officials of FIA, IB and local police to probe into the condemnable incident. He said there were apprehensions about such an attack as the Danish Embassy was receiving threats after publication of blasphemous caricatures in Danish newspapers.
He said most of the Embassies have already been shifted to diplomatic enclave where special security arrangements have been made. However, some of the Embassies are still located in residential areas. Meanwhile Secretary Interior Syed Kamal Shah said that the dead also include security personnel. He said as the blast occurred in the middle of the road, the investigators are trying to determine whether it was a suicide attack or a remote controlled blast.
IG Police, Chief Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner Islamabad reached the spot and supervised the rescue activities. Sources informed that 10 to 15 kilogram explosives were used in the blast, which also shattered the vehicles parked in the area. Huge clouds of smoke were seen over the area. The blast created four feet deep crater, the sources added. Police cordoned off the area to collect evidence about the incident.-SANA