Pakistan bus bombing kills at least 8
No claim of responsibility for Punjab province blast
June 30, 1997
Web posted at: 11:13 a.m. EDT (1513 GMT)
PUNJAB PROVINCE, Pakistan (CNN) -- A bomb ripped through a
passenger bus in eastern Punjab province early Monday,
killing eight people and injuring 21, police said. An
unconfirmed report by ambulance workers said 20 were dead and
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the 6:15
a.m. (0115 GMT) bombing near Sialkot, 120 miles east of
Islamabad. The bus was traveling to Sialkot from Lakhanal
near the Indian border. Many of the passengers were day
laborers, hospital doctors said.
Workers with the privately run Edhi Ambulance services who
spoke by telephone said the bus was carrying at least 80
passengers. Police said 20 people had been sitting atop the
The bomb apparently was planted under the rear seat of the
bus, ambulance driver Shaukat Ali said. The back half of the
bus was destroyed and the front half was badly burned, he
Most of the injured suffered from burns, Ali said.
"It was horrific. Everyone at the back of the bus died
immediately," he said. "It was not possible to escape."
Recent attacks related to a feud between militant Shiite
Muslims and Sunni Muslims in Punjab have killed more than 100
people so far this year. But police said there was no
immediate evidence that the bombing was linked to the
Reuters contributed to this report.
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