AP PHOTOS: Victims of a terror attack in Pakistan

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AP PHOTOS: Victims of a terror attack in Pakistan
By MUHAMMED MUHEISEN

In this Saturday, March 15, 2014 photo, Pakistani Zebunissa Abdul Rashid, 60, wife of lawyer Rao Abdul Rashid, 72, who was one of eleven victims killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on March 3, 2014, grieves while sitting on their bed and embracing her husband’s photograph, at their house in Islamabad, Pakistan. “I miss his smile, I miss his smell, I miss opening the door for him,” Zebunissa said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Saturday, March 15, 2014 photo, Pakistani Zebunissa Abdul Rashid, 60, wife of lawyer Rao Abdul Rashid, 72, who was one of eleven victims killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on March 3, 2014, grieves while sitting on their bed and embracing her husband’s photograph, at their house in Islamabad, Pakistan. “I miss his smile, I miss his smell, I miss opening the door for him,” Zebunissa said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Tuesday, March 18, 2014 photo, Pakistani Salima Akhtar, 65, mother of Akmal Omar, 21, who was one of eleven victims that was killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on the 3rd of March 2014, grieves while embracing his photograph in his bedroom, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. “They ripped my heart from my chest, how can I live after you my Akmal,” Salima said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Sunday, March 16, 2014 photo, Pakistani Syeda Aima Tanveer, 20, daughter of lawyer Tanveer Haider, 58, who was one of eleven victims that was killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on the 3rd of March 2014, sits on her father’s bed embracing his photograph, at their home on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan. “My father, my hero, I miss you so much father,” Aima said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Wednesday, March 19, 2014 photo, Pakistani policeman, Mian Asif, 44, a colleague and best friend of former policeman, Muhammad Riaz, 46, who was one of eleven victims that was killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on the 3rd of March 2014, sits on his best friend’s bed embracing his photograph, inside a police station dormitory, in Islamabad, Pakistan. “I lost part of me after Muhammad’s death, he was my right arm,” Mian said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

In this Sunday, March 16, 2014 photo, Pakistani Marouf Jaan Ali, 69, mother of cleric Kamran Ali, 27, who was one of eleven victims that was killed by suicide bombers in an attack on a court complex on the 3rd of March 2014, grieves while embracing his photograph in his bedroom, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. “I miss him kissing my forehead before he leaves and after he comes back home from work,” Marouf said. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — Zebunissa Abdul Rashid flips through an album of images of her late husband, stopping to share a sweet or funny story about the 72-year-old man who was killed by militants who stormed the court complex where the lawyer worked.

Rao Abdul Rashid was a loving father and husband and a “man of his word” who loved collecting perfumes in a cabinet in their bedroom.

“I miss his smile. I miss his smell. I miss opening the door for him,” said the 60-year-old wife. “He was the first man of my life. I married him when I was 15 and after 4 decades and a half, they took him away from me.”

Gunmen stormed Pakistan’s main court complex in Islamabad on March 3, cutting down fleeing lawyers before blowing themselves up in a rampage that killed 11 people, including Rashid’s husband, Rao Abdul Rashid. It was the worst terror attack in the capital since a 2008 truck bombing at the Marriott Hotel that killed 54 people.

In an assault that lasted roughly 20 minutes, gunmen swarmed through the narrow alleys between the complex’s buildings, hurling grenades and firing automatic weapons wildly, witnesses said.

The assault stunned the capital, which has largely been spared the violence raging in many parts of the country.

So many times in the aftermath of suicide bombings and shootings in Pakistan, the victims become nameless, faceless numbers in the tallies of dead and wounded. In this photo essay, Associated Press photographer Muhammed Muheisen attempts to remember the victims through a series of photos showing the families they left behind.

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