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.
January 27, 1996 |
Indian rockets slammed into a mosque in a remote Pakistani border village Friday, killing at least 18 Muslim worshipers and seriously injuring 20 others, a news agency reported. The state-run Associated Press of Pakistan said two Indian rockets hit the mosque in Forward Kahuta, 180 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad. The report could not be independently confirmed.
December 22, 1995 |
A powerful car bomb exploded in a busy marketplace in Peshawar, setting the city's most fashionable store on fire and killing at least 25 people; 100 others were wounded, police and hospital officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility. Peshawar's Saddar Street market has both outdoor stalls and larger stores such as the three-story Wadood & Sons department store, which was engulfed in flames. Maj.
November 20, 1995 |
With the devastating car bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan on Sunday, Islamic hard-liners battling the Cairo government apparently have served notice that they are carrying their terror campaign to foreign soil. Pakistani Foreign Minister Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali said the "dastardly" attack in the capital, Islamabad, which killed 15 people and left scores more injured, was the work of a suicide bomber "who may have blasted his way through the gate and exploded his pickup truck."
November 19, 1995 |
A powerful explosion ripped through the Egyptian Embassy in the Pakistani capital today, killing at least eight people and wounding many more, some seriously, authorities said. It wasn't immediately known what caused the explosion, but police at the scene said they were operating on the assumption that it was a bomb. At least 12 ambulances raced to the embassy, where witnesses reported seeing six bodies pulled from the rubble. Outside, on the sprawling lawns, several employees lay wounded.
March 19, 1995 |
Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Saturday that the accused mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing also had plotted to murder her but that the bomb went off prematurely, injuring him instead. "I want you to know that we have now found out that Mr. Ramzi (Ahmed) Yousef was sent here in Karachi in 1993 to assassinate me," Bhutto told the Reuters news agency.
March 11, 1995 |
In a lethal attack that fanned anti-U.S. and sectarian hatreds in Pakistan, a time bomb hidden inside a motorcycle exploded with devastating power outside a Shiite mosque filled with worshipers Friday, killing 12 people, including seven children. At least 28 other people were injured--half of them were 14 or younger and one was a 3-year-old girl--in the deadliest bombing in violence-plagued Karachi since a car packed with plastic explosives killed more than 100 people in 1984.