Wednesday, May 12, 2010

When only wholesale murders catch our attention

Bombs and grenades in the Peshawar region killed 5 children in the Peshawar region. However, these gruesome murders of young children failed to become a headline even in Pakistan. The front pages of Pakistani newspapers re now devoted to wholesale murders. If the dead are not in dozens, the newspapers bury the coverage of the rest in the obscurity of hidden column in the inside pages of the newspaper.

From May 13th edition of Daily Times

Five killed in terror incidents in Peshawar

Staff Report
PESHAWAR/LANDIKOTAL: At least five people, including two young girls, were killed in two separate terrorist attacks in Peshawar on Wednesday, police said.
The first incident took place in a house in Ram Kishan village in Khazana area, when unidentified terrorists hurled a hand grenade at the house of Raees Khan.
Two young girls playing in the house were killed as a result. Khazana police station official Hameedullah told Daily Times that the girls were identified as Samia, 10, daughter of Raees, and her cousin Kalsoom, 12.
Raees’ other two daughters, Nayab and Iqra, were also injured in the attack. The second bomb attack took place at a roadside near Shamshatu, an Afghan refugees’ camp in Peshawar’s outskirts. Three seminary students were killed and three others were injured in the attack, police said. SP Khalam Khan said the bomb was detonated by a remote.
Meanwhile in Khyber Agency, an improvised explosives device went off at a roadside in agency’s Landikotal tehsil. The IED went off on the Pak-Afghan highway, however, no casualties were reported.
Soon after the blast, security forces cordoned off the area and barred traffic from plying on the highway in order to secure the bomb site.
A security official said it was so far unclear at whom the IED had been targeted.

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