Religion of Suicide Car Bombs
MULTAN, Pakistan (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded in central Pakistan, killing at least 37 people and wounding more than 50 at a rally for an assassinated militant religious leader early on Thursday, police said.
The explosion tore the car to pieces, Sikander Hayat, district police officer of Multan city, told Reuters.
“Unfortunately, despite our security arrangements, this suicide attack took place,” Hayat said, adding that because the car had driven into the crowd before exploding it was believed a suicide bomber was at the wheel.
“The moment people came out of the ground, a car came and hit them exploding into pieces,” said Hayat. He said there were two bomb explosions within an interval of 20 seconds.
The rally to mark the first anniversary of the shooting of extremist Sunni religious leader Azam Tariq was dispersing in the early hours of Thursday in the city of Multan when the powerful bomb exploded, police said.
“So far we know 37 people have been killed and 52 wounded,” said Muhammad Yusuf, an assistant superintendent of police in Multan.