This attack follows a smaller one on the WFP in October. The jihadists may be seeking to accomplish two main goals. One is turf control: this is yet another occasion on which non-Muslim organizations have come under threat while trying to deliver aid to flood victims in Pakistan. It is bad for business to have infidels — vile creatures that they are according to Qur’an 98:6 — performing acts of mercy, let alone on a grander scale than what the local Islamic groups can manage. Indeed the presence of any non-Islamic authority automatically constitutes a target in this area, and the local community’s cooperation with or dependence on such a group is obviously intolerable to the pious supremacists.
The other goal is simply the wearing down of a population into submission. After all, Muhammad said it worked for him: “I have been made victorious through terror” (Sahih Bukhari 4.52.220).
“Bomb kills dozens in northwest Pakistan aid line,” from MSNBC, December 25:
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A suspected suicide bomber attacked a gathering of people receiving aid in northwest Pakistan on Saturday and at least 42 people were killed and 70 injured, NBC News reported.
Just before the blast a woman threw a hand grenade at the crowd and the suicide bomber successfully entered and blew himself up, officials told NBC News.
A crowd had cleared a checkpoint and members were awaiting their turns at a United Nation’s World Food Program distribution center in Bajaur Agency headquarters, Khar, near the Afghan border, NBC News said.
“The attack took place when hundreds of people were gathered to receive food rations for people displaced by fighting,” Wisal Ahmed, a government official in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border told Reuters news agency.
“I myself have counted 40 bodies but the death could rise as several wounded people are in critical condition,” Dosti Rehman, an official at the main government hospital in the Bajaur region on the Afghan border told Reuters.
A Khar hospital doctor said there are injured people were lying everywhere and some lost their lives due to lack of timely healthcare. Some of the injured were sent to nearby districts for treatment.
Khar authorities appealed over loudspeakers for doctors and paramedics to go to the hospital as staff was on leave for a public holiday.
A suicide bomb killed five at a WFP office in Islamabad on Oct. 4….