Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 9 in Pakistan’s southwest

Pakistani police say a bomb has killed three people and wounded nine others in the southwestern town of Chaman near the Afghan border. (File/AFP)
Updated 28 September 2019

Bomb blast kills 3, wounds 9 in Pakistan’s southwest

  • Officer Mohammad Iqbal says the bomb Saturday was planted in a motorcycle parked outside the office of a religious party
  • Chaman is in the province of Baluchistan, where there is a yearslong low-level insurgency by Baluch separatists

QUETTA: Pakistani police say a bomb has killed three people and wounded nine others in the southwestern town of Chaman near the Afghan border.
Officer Mohammad Iqbal says the bomb Saturday was planted in a motorcycle parked outside the office of a religious party.
He said the bomb detonated remotely when Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam party’s leader Maulana Mohammad Hanif was exiting the building, killing Hanif and two other men.
The blast took place amid heightened security in the town due to a presidential vote being held across the border in Afghanistan.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the blast.
Chaman is in the province of Baluchistan, where there is a yearslong low-level insurgency by Baluch separatists. Extremist militants also operate there.


FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

Updated 56 min 26 sec ago

FBI: Saudi shooter believed to have acted alone in US Navy base attack

  • Special agent Rachel Rojas thanked Saudi Arabia for its cooperation in the investigation
  • Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani was shot dead after he opened fire and killed three people at the base in Florida

PENSACOLA: Investigators believe a Saudi Air Force lieutenant acted alone on Friday when he killed three people and wounded eight at a US Navy base in Pensacola, Florida before being fatally shot by police, the FBI said on Sunday.
Rachel Rojas, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Jacksonville office, said the shooter used a Glock model 45 9mm handgun that he had purchased legally in Florida.
“We currently assess there was one gunman who perpetrated this attack and no arrests have been made in this case,” Rojas, the lead investigator on the case, said at a news conference.
“We are looking very hard at uncovering his motive and I would ask for patience so we can get this right,” she said.
Authorities confirmed the suspect was a member of the Royal Saudi Air Force who was on the base as part of a US Navy training program designed to foster links with foreign allies.
The FBI identified him as Second Lt. Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21.
A sheriff’s deputy fatally shot the gunman, authorities said, ending the second deadly attack at a US military base within a week. Within hours, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman had called US President Donald Trump to extend his condolences and pledge the Kingdom’s support in the investigation.
Rojas said there were several Saudi students who were close to the shooter and are cooperating with investigators.
“Their Saudi commanding officer has restricted them to base, and the Saudi government has pledged to fully cooperate with our investigation,” she said. “I thank the kingdom for their pledge of full and complete cooperation.”

Meanwhile, a second victim was identified as Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida, who joined the Navy after graduating from high school last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Haitham's mother, Evelyn Brady, herself a Navy veteran, said the commander of her son's school called her and told her Haitham had tried to stop the shooter.