Mohmand Agency attack


Mohmand Agency attack
Mohmand Agency attack
Location Mohmand Agency, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan
Date 9 July 2010
Attack type suicide bomb
Weapon(s) T.N.T.
Death(s) 104[1]
Injured at least 120

The Mohmand Agency attack was a suicide bomb attack on July 9, 2010, in a market in Yakaghund, Mohmand Agency, in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan. At least 104 people were killed while more than 120 people were wounded.[1] This was the last of a streak of attacks that was the record most major terrorist attacks (over 40 deaths) in a row in the Pakistan war on terrorism, with least 7 in a row, much more than the previous record of 2 which happened only 2 times; marking an escalating of the War on Terrorism in Pakistan.

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Background

In late 2009 and early 2010, the Pakistani military had been engaged in a campaign to clear militants from the Mohmand Agency and the surrounding area, with the commander of forces in the area claiming that 80 percent of militants had been cleared as of September 2009.[2] The area, which borders Kunar Province, Afghanistan, had been the scene of violence prior to the attack as a result of spillover from neighbouring Afghanistan and other areas of Pakistan.[2]

Attack

At least 104 people were killed and over 120 injured in a bomb blast which left a crater in the road 5 feet (1.5 m) deep.[3][2][4] The target of the attack was believed to be a meeting (jirga) of tribal elders near the local government headquarters.[4] Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack.[5] According to a local Taliban spokesman, the meeting was targeted as it was convened to discuss a plan against the Taliban.

The attack was thought to be revenge for an offensive carried out by the Pakistani Army against militants in the tribal area.[6] The blast caused significant damage to the market area, as well as to a local prison, from which several prisoners were able to escape through a wall which was partially destroyed.[2]

Aftermath

The more seriously injured casualties were taken to hospital in Peshawar, the administrative centre of the tribal areas while the less seriously injured were treated in local hospitals.[2] This was the deadliest attack in 2010 in Pakistan up till that time.[2]

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