June 7, 1998 |
A powerful bomb tore through a cross-country passenger train today as it traveled through southern Sindh province in Pakistan, killing 20 people and wounding 25 others, many seriously. The train was barely three miles outside Sukkur, 120 miles north of the provincial capital of Karachi, when the bomb shattered the train, police officials said. The train was headed toward the northwest frontier city of Peshawar when the explosion occurred shortly before dawn, officials said.
June 6, 1998 |
A bomb tore through a movie theater in Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, killing three and injuring 10. At least four of the injured were in critical condition, and officials said the death toll could rise. About 50 people were in the theater when the bomb went off. No one immediately claimed responsibility, but the government blamed neighboring India. "This act was done by Indians," said Miraj Din, a spokesman for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League. "We were expecting something like this."
March 15, 1998 |
Pakistan has "conclusive" proof that neighboring India masterminded two bombings that killed 20 people and wounded dozens more, the information minister said Saturday. Mushahid Hussain blamed India's security agency, the Research and Analysis Wing, or RAW, for last week's bombings on passenger trains in eastern Punjab province, which borders India. India rejected the charges. Several people have been arrested.
March 10, 1998 |
A bomb exploded on a train in Punjab province, killing at least five people and injuring 20. A railway official said the train was traveling to Lahore, the capital of Punjab, from Kasur, about 31 miles to the south. The blast followed an explosion Monday aboard an express train in Punjab in which at least seven people died and 35 were wounded. Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said the train blasts were "part of conspiracies of anti-Pakistan elements."
January 26, 1998 |
Three separate bombings rocked Pakistan's eastern province of Punjab, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, some critically, authorities said. The first of the three occurred near Gujranwala, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, the capital, when a bomb ripped away the rear portion of a passenger bus, leaving 25 people injured, four of them seriously.
June 29, 1997 |
At least four people, were killed, three of them children, and five wounded Saturday in a bomb blast in Pakistan's troubled port city of Karachi, ambulance and hospital sources said. Police said the explosion occurred in front of a house in the congested Sherabad district and killed three children, ages 7, 8 and 12. The fourth victim remained unidentified. Five people, including two women, were reportedly wounded. "It was a bomb blast. That's all we know at present," a police officer said.
January 19, 1997 |
A powerful bomb exploded Saturday outside a courthouse where leaders of a militant Sunni Muslim group were on trial. Police and journalists were among the 25 people killed and dozens wounded. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing in this eastern Pakistani city. Police and supporters of the Sunni group Guardians of the Friends of the Prophet blamed rival Shiite Muslims.
April 30, 1996 |
Opposition leader Nawaz Sharif accused Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto of failing to maintain law and order after a bomb blast in a bus killed at least 37 people in Punjab province on Sunday. Sharif also challenged Bhutto to name the "foreign elements" she blamed for the blast that occurred about 30 miles southwest of the provincial capital, Lahore, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.
April 29, 1996 |
In the deadliest attack in a string of mysterious terrorist assaults in Pakistan, a bomb hidden in the gas tank of a crowded bus exploded Sunday, killing more than 50 passengers and injuring two dozen others, Pakistani officials and media said. The bus was carrying residents of Punjab province home for Eid al-Adha, the Islamic festival of sacrifice and the most important feast in the Muslim calendar.
January 28, 1996 |
Fanning already high tensions on the subcontinent, India on Saturday tested a nuclear-capable missile, and Kashmiris massed by the thousands to mourn the victims of what Pakistani officials called a deadly rocket attack by India on a mosque. Indian officials denied that they had fired projectiles into Pakistani-held territory.