Suicide attacks inside the International Islamic University
Desperadoes attack Islamic university in capital: Three girls among six killed
Islamabad, Oct 21: Three girls were among six people killed on Tuesday
in twin suicide attacks inside the International Islamic University,
Islamabad. Two blocks were severely damaged.
This is the first time that militants have targeted women and a prestigious Islamic educational institution.
The blasts took place in quick succession in segregated blocks for
girls and boys in the university's campus in the capital's H-10 sector.
A bomber barged into the women-only facility despite fierce
resistance put up by a local worker, blowing himself up at the entrance
of the girls' cafeteria.
The other bomber detonated his explosives-laden jacket on the first floor of the Imam Abu Hanifa block.
A string of attacks have rocked Peshawar, Swat, Rawalpindi, Lahore, and
Islamabad since Oct 5, killing more than 250 people. The bombings have
made October one of the bloodiest months since the beginning of the
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the strikes.
The incident took place amid reports about threats to educational
institutions, some of which decided to close their facilities for a few
days. However, officials of the Islamic University said they were not
aware of any direct threat.
"We were hearing that some
schools were being closed down, but we never received any specific
threat," an outraged Prof Parveen Tariq Agha, the in-charge of the
women's wing said.
She rejected suggestion of a SECURITY personnel guard the main entrance to the university after the twin suicide attacks
lapse and said the university's premises were properly secured. But,
she said, no one could have guessed that a suicide bomber would target
girls in this manner.
Other teachers were equally outraged.
"This is a cowardly act," another faculty member said. "Those who
target students, particularly women, cannot even be considered human
beings," she said.
The new campus of the International
Islamic university is spread over several acres and houses over 17,000
students, including 6,000 women. There are 2,000 foreign students from
45 countries, but mostly from China and African countries.
Sources said that security and intelligence agencies had information that terrorists would strike a university on Tuesday.
The police said one of the attackers, who was carrying five to seven
kilograms of explosives, blew himself outside the office of the
chairman of the Sharia Department, killing two people and creating a
hole in the office wall and cracking adjacent walls. Eyewitnesses said
that shards of glass and body parts lay scattered in the corridor.
Nearby rooms, including a conference room and classes, were damaged by
The other suicide bomber, they said, struck the girl's cafeteria after 3pm.
Pellets mixed with the explosives also damaged a large area,
perforating roofs and walls. Investigators said they had found skin
attached to a forehead and an ear, which they believed were of one of
The other attacker, wearing a vest containing
five to eight kilograms of explosives, had disguised himself as a woman
and was wearing a colourful shawl. He was intercepted by a worker
identified as Pervez Masih when he tried to enter the girls' cafeteria.
It is believed had Mr Masih not stopped the suicide bomber,
the death toll would have been higher because about 50 students were
having lunch at that time.
A leg believed to be that of the
suicide bomber was found in the cafeteria. There was some confusion
about the gender of the suicide bomber. Some students said they had
spotted a 'woman' acting suspiciously near the cafeteria, but there was
no official confirmation.
Shortly after the blast, the area
was cordoned off as teams of police, intelligence agencies, bomb
disposal squad, civil defence, and doctors arrived at the scene.
Rescue workers said they had removed 37 injured people to nearby
hospitals, where two of the injured woman students died. Their
colleagues identified them only as Hina and Seher.
21-year-old suspect, sporting a light beard and wearing white shalwar
kamiz, was arrested from the cafeteria while filming the devastation
under the nose of the security personnel.
The man, believed
to be an accomplice of the suicide bombers, told police that he lived
in a nearby slum. But he had no answer when asked why he was making the
Another suspect, said to be in his 20s, was also
arrested near the Imam Abu Hanifa Block. He is said to be a resident of
The police said that both of them had failed to come up with convincing explanations about their presence at the scene.
Three other suspects were picked up from a slum in I-11 sector.
Investigators said that the chairman of the Imam Abu Hanifa Block was
the attackers' prime target because he was "known for his liberal
views", but he was not present in his office at that time.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik faced humiliation for the second time in
a week when students compelled him to leave the campus with a hail of
The minister was accompanied by senior officials of the interior ministry and local administration. Dawn
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IIUI closed for four days
Islamabad: The administration of the International Islamic University Islamabad
(IIUI) has announced that the university would remain closed for four
days to mourn victims of Tuesday terrorist blasts. IIUI Rector Prof
Fateh Muhammad Malik, President Dr Anwar Hussain Siddiqui, Vice
Presidents Dr Zafar Ishaq Ansari and Parveen Qadir Agha, faculty
members, students and staff have expressed grief over the tragedy.
university administration lauded heroic role of two IIUI security
guards who gave their lives to protect others'. The officials visited
PIMS, NESCOM and KRL Hospitals to inquire after the wounded and assured
them of full assistance. Prof Malik and Dr Siddiqui both have clarified
that the university had taken all possible protective measures. The
campus was protected by security guards and all visitors were
thoroughly checked by metal detectors, they said.
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Students vacate IIUI hostels in protest
Islamabad: International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) students on Tuesday left hostels in protest against
lack of security arrangements in and around the university.
both male and female, expressed concern over security arrangements on
campus before leaving hostels. On the other hand, the administration
has announced that the university will remain closed for four days and
the students would be informed of the date when it will open.
Vice President Perveen Qadir Agha said that there were no terror
threats to the university which was why the campus remained open for
academic activities. "Police are not allowed on campus as IIUI have its
own security officials deputed at different places including entry
gates," she said.
Meanwhile, law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) on
Tuesday put security on high alert in Rawalpindi and Islamabad after
two suicide blasts at International Islamic University Islamabad.
senior police official said that after the suicide blasts,
the capital police further increased security across the city,
especially around sensitive buildings.
He said the number of
police constables deployed at markets had also been increased and they
had strictly been directed to keep a close watch on suspicious people
and vehicles. He said the number of police deployed at entry and exit
points of the capital had been increased so that all vehicles were
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First terror strike on educational institution in Capital
Rawalpindi/Islamabad: Residents of Rawalpindi and Islamabad on Tuesday
faced yet another fearful day due to terrorist strikes at International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), leaving five dead and 29 injured.
It is the first ever terrorist attack on an educational institution in
After the suicide attacks, panic permeated the
area and questions on performance of security agencies began to pop up,
putting a damper all the talk about high or red alert sort of things.
the twin cities are a scene of a military zone, pickets dotting all
roads and personnel of law enforcement agencies carting scores of
people to interrogation cells on suspicions of terrorism. Nonetheless,
the sound of the blasts shattered the sense of security, the air
smelling of explosives.
The news of the attacks spread like a
jungle fire forcing shopkeepers at G-10, I-9 and I-10 markets to close
down. Even industrial units in Industrial Area, I-9 and I-10, came to a
halt and labourers were told to keep an eye on suspected persons.
shut down in G-10, F-10, I-10, I-9 and entry to fruit and vegetable
market was blocked by guards. Due to threats to Metro, a road parallel
to it was also blocked.
Mostly madly, parents rushed to
university to take their children back. People said they had no faith
in police performance and questioned how they could survive at a time
when terrorists were openly wandering among them.
of 1-10, said suicide attackers could hit any place if they could enter
the town. "Why the government has not devised a strategy to defeat
terrorists as thousands of people have been killed in suicide attacks
in the country," he said.
Syed Zahir Shah, of G-10, said when
the police knew that some suicide attackers had entered Rawalpindi and
Islamabad, why they were not arresting them. He said the police had
established check posts on each and every road to such an extent that
they created a fear among the residents but they failed to keep a check
Mrs Salman Ahmed, of Westridge, said she lived
in a state of fear after the government closed down educational
institutions. "We are confined in our home and terrorists move freely,"
Muhammad Salamat, of Chaklala Scheme-111, said the
government should improve police performance and blocking roads would
not do. He said the police had to improve policing instead of
inconveniencing citizens by blocking roads.
It was the third
terrorist attack in October in the twin cities. On October 20, the
terrorists tried to enter GHQ. On October 5, a suicide bomber blew
himself up at World Food Programme offices, killing at least five
people including a foreigner and injuring about eight others. Daily Times
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Students express resolve to fight terrorism
Islamabad: Lauding the decision of Federal Directorate of Education
(FDE) for not closing its institutions, the students said they would
not succumbed to terrorists' threats who wanted to destabilise society.
The students of various institutions have expressed resolve to join
their hands against terrorists.
Schools located in cantonments
in various parts of the country and most of the private schools were
closed due to threats posed by present security environment in the
However, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) decided to continue to hold classes in schools and colleges under its control.
"We must fight against the scourge of terrorism with unity instead of
abandoning the studies," said Zunara Khalid a student of local school.
want suspension of educational activities and we must not serve their
purpose by creating harassment among the parents and children," she
Another student, Ali said terrorists wanted to keep the
students away from studies so that the country could not progress.
Educated youth can play its due role to make them fail in their
Closure of educational institutions will have
psychological impact on the minds of the children, and will create a
sense of insecurity, another student said. The government is playing
its role for eradicating the terrorist activities, but civil society
and especially the educational institutions should join hands with
them, he added.
Principal of Islamabad College for Management
and Commerce (ICMC) Amir Rizwan appreciated the decision of FDE not to
close the educational institutions. The holidays will affect the study
routine of the students and create a sense of insecurity. Especially,
college students who have to cover their syllabus in a limited time
period will be disturbed.
Rizwan said, "the situation is normal
as far as FDE institutes are concerned. My own child is going to school
without any fear." However, an official of Roots School System said
majority of private institutions in twin cities and federal government
schools in cantonment areas had been closed for a week. So, the
management of Roots School System also closed all its branches for a
She said it was important to take precautionary measures
in such situations. The school will reopen next Monday (October 26). app
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All schools, colleges closed nationwide
Islamabad/Lahore: The provincial governments on Tuesday ordered the closure of government
and private educational institutions across the country following an
attack on the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) in
which six people, including three female students, were killed and 29
The Sindh Education Department announced the
closure of all government and private schools in the province until
October 25 (Sunday), adding universities would remain closed on October
21 (Wednesday) only. The NWFP and Balochistan governments have also
announced the closure of all education institutions until Sunday.
Educational institutions in the federal capital had already been shut
down until October 25.
Unwanted break: In Punjab, a private TV
channel reported all government and private education institutions
would remain closed until further orders. Punjab Law Minister Rana
Sanaullah told the channel all education institutions would reopen once
the security situation improved.
The decision to shut down
schools and colleges nationwide was prompted by the twin suicide
bombings at the IIUI on Tuesday. The first blast targeted the cafeteria
adjacent to a girls' hostel around 2:10pm, while the second one
targeted the Sharia and Law Department building.
Deputy Commissioner Aamir Ali Ahmad said that a general notice
of caution had earlier been issued to the university administration in
light of the security situation.
Condemning the blasts, the US
embassy in Islamabad said the "vicious attack ... reveals yet again the
cruel and inhuman nature of the terrorists operating against Pakistan
and its people", AFP reported. In separate statements, President Asif
Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani also condemned the
blast and expressed their grief over the death of students, APP
reported. daily times
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A tragedy beyond description
Islamabad: Students of the Women's Campus of
International Islamic University (IIU) in Sector H-10 had a harrowing
experience on Tuesday when dastardly terrorists hit them with full
force, not once but twice, as if with a vengeance.
that the students who went to the university to study as usual would be
carried back home dead or rushed to the hospital in critical condition?
The attack on the university, where Shariah is being taught, speaks
volumes about the character of terrorists. That innocent girls were
made the target is the most despicable factor in this war of terror.
The university has separate campuses for boys and girls. Why should one
target such a university? This is tragic beyond description, to say the
Schools and colleges in Rawalpindi and Islamabad have
already been closed for a week and now it is the turn of universities
to review the situation and take a suitable decision.
the senior faculty members of IIU, on condition of anonymity, said that at the time of the blast, mostly girls, who are day scholars
or those who have classes of Shariah, Law and Management Sciences,
stayed back in the university. The blast took place at around 3:15 p.m.
Most students leave the campus between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. "There
would have been more casualties if the blast occurred at around 1:30
p.m. which is the peak hour for lunch.
Another senior faculty
member said that men are not allowed to enter the women's campus as
well as the cafeteria, which is located opposite to the main gate of
the university. Each and every student is checked for his or her
identity before entering the building. Even female and male faculty
members are checked thoroughly. The suicide bomber blew himself up at
the entrance of the cafeteria.
IIU Vice President Parveen
Qadir Agha said that they had no security
threat whatsoever. She said that they had never imagined that the
university would become a target for such an unfortunate incident. "It
is a peaceful university with thousands of students from 45 countries.
Our security guard stopped the suicide bomber at the entrance but he
blew himself up," she said.
She said: "We had already put
barriers and started checking IDs of students and faculty members as a
precautionary measure. The hostels will remain open but the university
will remain closed for four days. Classes will resume from Monday," she
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IIU bomb blasts widely condemned
Islamabad: The twin bomb blasts in the campus of Islamic International University here on Tuesday have been widely condemned.
ministers, government officials and political leaders have strongly
denounced the bomb blasts and expressed their deep sorrow and grief at
the loss of precious lives.
Those who condemned the blasts are;
Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, Minister of State for
Information and Broadcasting Syed Sumsam Ali Shah Bukhari, Minister for
Defence Chaudhary Ahmad Mukhtar and Minister for Defence Production
Abdul Qayum Khan Jatoi, Minister for Communications Arbab Alamgir Khan
Khalil, Federal Minister for Industries and Production, Mian Manzoor
Ahmad Wattoo, Minister for Housing and Works Rehmatullah Kakar, Federal
Minister for Population Welfare, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Chairperson
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Farzana Raja, President of
PML-Q Chauhdry Shujat Hussain, Secretary General Mushahid Hussain
Sayed, and Secretary Finance Imtyaz Ranjha.
In their separate messages they said terrorists are indulging in senseless violence and these acts will not go unpunished.
said the inhuman activities of terrorists would reinforce their resolve
to fight terrorism with more determination. They said the government
was committed to root out terrorism from the country.
Condemning the attack, the ministers said that terrorists have no religion and were the enemy of Islam and humanity.
said the terrorists wanted to destabilise the country and create panic
among the masses but every effort would be made to defeat these evil
forces. The news
"Watching the footage of the blast at the International Islamic University on TV, I want to appeal to all channels not to show injured people being taken out of the ambulances into the hospitals. After such a shocking and life threatening experience the last worry on the victims mind should be to cover themselves. Privacy is a right and, no
matter what happens, should not be infringed upon -- especially for more viewership. Radia Mohyuddin, Dubai (The news)."
Name: Radia Mohyuddin
City, Country: Dubai
"This is simply outrageous and barberic, may Allah rest the souls of victims in heaven.. Ameen."
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
"Is closing down every thing is the solution for such kind of problems? ..NO... We have to be prepared to face such situation but Govt must not play into terrorist hands through halting all educational activities in the country."
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan
"we the 18000 students of 46 countries protest on such shameful activities.such activities can never separate us. pray for all the students.proud to be an islamian ."
Name: Anees Khan
City, Country: student of iiui, Pakistan
"these ppl can never be succesful in their mission to scared us instead of that after these blasts we r feeling ourselves more united and motivated: proud to b Islamian"
City, Country: Rawalpindi,pakistan
"ohhh my GOD what is happening in this country..i cant belive it....why the innocent students should die this way and for what crimes...any body there who can answer... i have my heart in iiui and hearing such a news i could only cry here... i had no other way to respond...May Allah saves this country at this critical juncture... it is realy diificult times for pak..lets get united to fight the unseen enemey "
Name: Dr. Tariq Rasool
City, Country: srinagar kashmor occupies
"may the souls of all the martyred rest in peace. Ameen.some relief &financial assistance should be provided to martyred guards who sacrifice their lives for the sake of others. proud to be Islamian "
City, Country: islamabad, Pakistan
"Aoa. I Just Wanna Say "Allah is mulk sahi rah dikha" Ameen
Name: Imran Aftab Baqai
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan
"AOA,I just want to say that we should pray for all of the students and security man and sweeper who died in islamic uni by those dreadful attacks.may ALLAH bless all of them.i myself as a viewer of those dreadful scenes just can do one thing,pray fr the pakistn,fr the students and for my institute.May ALLAH blesses all of us.May ALLAH do not let any body see those scenes which i have seen.blast occured at 15 meters away frm me
Name: Noman Ahmed Shahzad
City, Country: WAH CANTT(PAKISTAN)
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