Twin blasts rock Islamabad university

Twin blasts rock Islamabad university

Islamabad: Two bomb blasts tore through a university in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad on Tuesday, with at least nine people reported injured as paramedics ferried casualties to hospitals, police said.

“It was a bomb blast. It was inside the Islamic university building," said police official Mohammad Afzal from the emergency response department.

“There was another one a few minutes later," Afzal told AFP, referring to the International Islamic University on Islamabad’s eastern flank.

“We have sent a team to the site. We are collecting information about casualties," the policeman said.

Pakistan’s state PTV reported that nine people were wounded as private television channels broadcast footage of paramedics stretchering out two casualties with blood stains seeping through their clothes.

One young woman was shown on Geo television stepping out of an ambulance with blood splattered down the front of her tunic.

Pakistan has been battered by a recent spike in spectacular attacks this month, in which more than 170 people have died and including a 22-hour siege of the army headquarters in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital.

Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants have been blamed for a two-year campaign of suicide bombings and commando raids that have killed 2,250 people since security forces raided a radical mosque in the capital in July 2007.

Pakistan on Saturday launched a massive offensive against Taliban militants in South Waziristan, part of the country’s lawless tribal belt on the Afghan border where Al-Qaeda-linked rebels are allegedly plotting attacks on the West.

Although there was no immediate claim of responsibility for Tuesday’s attack, analysts had warned that Islamist militants were likely to step up bomb attacks to avenge the South Waziristan offensive.