Thursday, April 5, 2012

Pakistan: SSP Malir survives suicide attack; 4 killed

KARACHI: Four persons including two policemen were killed while 14 others wounded when a suicide bomber targeted a police official at Malir Halt area of Karachi on Thursday, Geo News reported.

The banned outfit Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed the responsibility of the attack.
According to police sources, a bomber rammed an explosives-laded motorbike into a police Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) at Malir Halt that killed four persons including two policemen while 14 others sustained injuries.

"The attack was against me. I was moving with my squad in Malir Halt district when the explosion took place. I am unhurt, but some of my men have been injured," Rao Anwar, SSP Malir told while talking to Geo News correspondent Zille Haider.

He claimed to have been threatened for a month by "unknown terrorists".

"It was a suicide attack," police official Tahir Naveed told.

"The attacker was killed in the blast and the body in hospital is suspected to be his," he added.

Rescue teams reached the spot and kicked off relief efforts while police and Rangers cordoned off the area.

It is pertinent to mention here that earlier in the morning, 6-8 unidentified armed men gunned down three policemen including an Assistant Sub Inspector at Pir Illahi Bux (PIB) Colony. They intercepted the police mobile SP-0461 and opened fired on the patrolling party.

The incident created panic in PIB colony as markets and other business activates were closed down today.
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