ISLAMABAD: Islamabad hotel suicide blast was the deadliest attack among 10 others blasts in the history of federal capital. According to sources, 1000-kg explosives were used in the Saturday’s suicide blast in Islamabad. More than 100 people have lost their lives in these ten suicide attacks in Islamabad so far, report says.
The first ever suicide blast was carried out by an Egyptian national in November 19, 1995 in front of Egyptian embassy in Islamabad. The explosives-laden truck ripped through the embassy, killing 14 persons.
A suicide bomber blew himself in Imam Bari shrine in Islamabad on May 27, 2005 which killed at least 20 people. Suicide bomber blew himself in front of the Marriott hotel in the federal capital in January 26, 2007, killing one guard and injuring five other persons.
One more suicide blast occurred in the premises of Islamabad airport on February 6, 2007. Suicide bomber was killed and three security guards sustained injuries in the blast. More than 20 persons were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the lawyers’ convention in Islamabad district court in July 18, 2007. The blast happened little before arrival of deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry in the convention hall.
Residents of Islamabad were not still out of Lal mosque’s operation trauma when Lal mosque was re-opened on July 2, 2007 and violence broke out once again. The violence ended in the form of suicide attack at Aabpara market near Lal mosque, killing 15 persons including seven security men.
One foreigner was killed and at least 15 persons hurt when a suicide bomber ripped through a foreign restaurant in March 15, 2008. On June 2, 2008, six people were killed and 25 others injured in car bomb attack outside Danish embassy.
At least 19 persons were killed and more than 40 others injured when in twin blasts in federal capital. The suicide blast was carried out at a time when Ulema were holding a convention on the eve of first anniversary of Lal Masjid operation. Security was on high alert across the city.-SANA