One policeman martyred in suicide blast in Islamabad’s I-10; TTP claims responsibility – Pakistan

A policeman was martyred and at least six people — including four police officers and two civilians — were injured in a suicide blast in Islamabad’s I-10/4 sector on Friday, police officials said.

Television footage showed the fiery wreckage of a vehicle with a large number of police personnel combing the scene. Shortly afterwards, the Islamabad police declared a “red alert” in the city.

According to Deputy Inspector General of Police Sohail Zafar Chattha, the police spotted a “suspicious vehicle” with a man and a woman aboard at 10:15am in the area.

“When the police stopped the vehicle, the couple came out of the car. The long-haired man, while being checked by the officers, went inside the vehicle on some pretext and then detonated himself,” he said in a media briefing at the crime scene alongside Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon.

Chattha said a police officer of the Eagle Squad was martyred in the blast while four others officers were injured. He lauded the police for “saving Islamabad from a major foul play”.

However, later in the day, the Islamabad police tweeted that no evidence regarding the presence of a woman was found during the post-mortem and subsequent investigation.

The police said that the driver or the attacker had possibly wrapped themselves in a chaddor which had caused officials to believe that a woman was also present in the car.

The police asserted that security in the capital had been kept on “high alert” for the next 48 hours and reiterated that the attack had been foiled due to timely action by intelligence agencies.

Meanwhile, the joint executive director of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims), Dr Iqbal Durrani, told that two bodies and five injured policemen had been brought to the hospital.


Sanaullah said the head constable was martyred in an attempt to “save the federal capital from a major terrorist attack” and the award was a recognition of his sacrifice at the state level.

He also said that Hussain’s widow would be recruited into the Islamabad police and the government would pay her Rs16.5 million, along with a plot of land for his family.

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