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Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Bajaur Suicide Blast – Pakistan’s Ongoing Struggle Against Extremism

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A tragic incident that has shaken Pakistan resulted in the Islamic State group claiming responsibility for a suicide blast in Bajaur. It killed 54 people, including 23 innocent children. The attack targeted an election rally, injuring nearly 200 individuals.

The Bajaur Suicide Blast:

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On a fateful Sunday in Pakistan’s border district of Bajaur, the Islamic State (ISIL) carried out a suicide attack. It was amidst a crowd in the town of Khar. The attack targeted an election rally hosted by the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party. It is a significant government coalition partner led by hardline politician Fazlur Rehman. The devastating explosion occurred while the party’s members and supporters awaited the start of speeches. Fazlur Rehman was not present at the venue, as he had previously escaped explosions at political rallies.

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Investigation and Condemnation:

Following the incident, the Counter Terrorism Department filed a First Information Report, indicating that the terrorist group ISIS was behind the suicide attack. Law enforcement authorities have launched a comprehensive investigation into the matter. They are collecting testimonies from the injured to shed light on the incident’s details.

The international community, including the United States, Russia, and Saudi Arabia, has expressed condolences to the impacted families.

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Escalating Extremist Threats:

Escalating extremist threats have confronted Pakistan, particularly since the collapse of a truce between Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and Islamabad. This breakdown triggered an increase in attacks by extremists within the country. Earlier this year, a mosque blast in Peshawar claimed over 100 lives, further highlighting the menace of terrorism in the region.

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The UN Security Council’s report expressed concerns about the potential unification of TTP with Al Qaeda, forming a single entity to house all militant organizations active in South Asia. This has brought Pakistan’s efforts to tackle cross-border militancy and hold Afghanistan accountable for its commitment to prevent its soil from being utilized for terrorist activities into the spotlight.

Conclusion:

The Bajaur suicide blast serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle Pakistan faces in combating extremism and terrorist activities. As investigations continue, international cooperation and condemnation are essential in curbing the menace of terrorism in the region.

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