The aftermath of the devastating suicide blast that occurred during a Workers’ Convention in Bajaur Agency continues to reverberate, with the death toll rising to 46 and over 90 others reported injured. The incident has left the entire nation in shock and mourning as authorities investigate the heinous act of violence that occurred on Saturday.
The District Health Officer has confirmed the sad news of three more individuals succumbing to their injuries. Currently, more than 90 injured victims are receiving medical treatment in different hospitals across the region. As of now, 38 deceased have been identified and handed over to their grieving families, while eight bodies remain unidentified and are being held at the hospital.
The Lady Reading Hospital, a key medical facility in the area, is actively attending to the wounded. According to a hospital spokesperson, 16 of the injured are under their care, with most of them in stable condition. However, one individual is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) due to the severity of their injuries.
In response to the tragic event, the authorities have taken swift action in investigating the incident. District Police Officer Nazir Khan has revealed that three suspects have been detained in connection with the blast. The investigation process has been bolstered by evidence collected from the blast site, including samples sent for DNA analysis and geo-fencing of the crime scene.
The bomb disposal unit has also obtained crucial samples from the blast site, along with CCTV footage from the vicinity. These pieces of evidence are being meticulously analyzed to determine the organization responsible for the attack and the identity of the suicide bomber. The investigative teams are optimistic about making progress in the case soon.
Interestingly, both the Taliban government in Afghanistan and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) also issued condemnations of the incident. TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani conveyed the organization’s strong condemnation and offered prayers for the lives lost. They expressed solidarity with the families of the martyrs and the injured, as well as with the leadership and workers of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the central spokesman for the Afghanistan government, reiterated the condemnation in a statement on Twitter. He expressed the “Emirate of Islamia’s” stand against the explosion in Bajaur Agency and extended condolences to the victims’ families. The Afghan government denounced the incident, affirming that such crimes are never justified.
As investigations continue, the entire nation remains on edge, eager for answers and justice for the victims and their families. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time. The situation is being closely monitored by both local and international agencies, with hopes that the perpetrators will be swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.