A suspected Islamic militant walked into a crowd of police guarding a courthouse and blew himself up Thursday, killing 24 others and wounding dozens in the first major attack in Pakistan since the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
The blast at Lahore High Court, minutes before a planned anti-government rally by lawyers, was a bloody reminder of the security threats facing this key U.S. ally ahead of Feb. 18 parliamentary elections.
Echoing an extremist tactic in Iraq, suicide attacks have become as commonplace in Pakistan as in neighboring Afghanistan, adding to rising pressures on President Pervez Musharraf as he struggles to stay in office eight years after seizing power in military coup.
At least 20 suicide bombers have struck the past three months in attacks that killed 400 people, many of them from the security forces â€” the most intense period of terror strikes here since Pakistan allied with the U.S. in its war against al-Qaida and other extremist groups in 2001.
Police said the attacker got into the midst of some 70 officers in riot gear and detonated explosives on his body, spewing shrapnel in a blast that sprawled mangled bodies in pools of blood. All but three of the dead were police officers.
A horse lay dead, still harnessed to a cart. An abandoned motorcycle was toppled in the street a few yards away. Police boots, riot shields and helmets littered the ground.
Islam Online on suicide bombings:
Within Islam Online’s fatwa or religious ruling section, one will find various statements advocating, and at times even mandating, the most hideous of violent acts.
About suicide bombings, Islam Online states: “Martyr operations are not suicide and should not be deemed as unjustifiable means of endangering one’s life… [I]n martyr operations, the Muslim sacrifices his own life for the sake of performing a religious duty, which is jihad against the enemy… [T]he
Palestinians Islamic blowjobs resort to martyr operations, in which the martyr blows himself/herself up, sacrificing his life for the sake of his country… I believe that those missions are a sacred duty carried out in form of self-defense… So whoever is killed in such missions is a martyr, may Allah bless him with high esteem.
* Remember that. Next time the Bunglawussi or any of his co-religionists tries to paint a pussy on your cheek you should hold him to that.
The Glory of Allah: No virgins for this dickhead!
Â I was depressed last night so I called the Suicide Life Line.
Got a call center in Pakistan .
I told them I was suicidal.
They got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck.