April 4, 2011: Suicide attack on bus station in Pakistan

On April 4, 2011 at least seven people were killed and 22 wounded in a suicide-bomb attack at a bus station in north-west Pakistan.

JANDOOL, PAKISTAN – John Lennon famously sang ‘Give peace a chance‘ in Montreal in 1969: too bad terrorists weren’t listening.

For the record, I am a product of the ‘peace generation’, that group in the 1960s and early 1970s that arose in part as a response to the US involvement in Vietnam. The images associated with that era were the long-haired ‘hippies’ (or as the Canadian group Five Man Electrical Band sang ‘long-haired freaky people’ in their 1971 hit song ‘Signs‘), peace signs and sit-ins. It was a movement to change the world.

Sigh…it did not, but we still see those who push for peace as great humans trying to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Too bad terrorists aren’t part of that.

We seek to unify even if our symbol actually divides! (Photo: MTSOfan on Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

On this day in 2011

At least seven people were killed in a suicide-bomb attack at a bus station in the north-west Pakistani town of Jandool: another 22 were injured. No group took credit for the bombing, the sixth in Pakistan in as many days. 

It was a suicide attack. The bomber was on foot. We’re investigating what the target was.

Regional deputy inspector Qazi Jamil ur-Rehman

While the target was not immediately obvious, one of the dead was a member of a government-backed peace committee. Terrorists don’t like ‘peace‘: it’s bad for business after all.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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