KARACHI: A senior anti-Taliban policeman who had survived several assassination attempts was killed with three other people by a suicide bomber in Karachi on Thursday, officials said, in an attack claimed by a Taliban faction.
The attack happened near a tailor’s shop in the old vegetable market in a neighbourhood to the east of the city.
“The blast killed police official Shafiq Tanoli and three others and wounded 15 others, including Tanoli’s three guards,” another senior officer Tanvir Ahmad Tunio told AFP.
He said the target was Tanoli, who had conducted a number of operations against militants and criminals and survived several attempts on his life in the past.
Tanoli also survived a bomb blast some days back in which five people were killed. He had been attacked twice in Pak Colony, twice in Mauripur, once each in Liaquatabad and Sachal.
The windows of the nearby building and shops were partially damaged in the blast.
Rescue and law enforcement agencies personnel rushed to the scene and conduct rescue operation. A local senior police official, Raja Umar Khitab, confirmed that it was a suicide attack.
Omar Khorasani of the Mohmand chapter of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) said in a statement that his group was responsible, accusing Tanoli of killing “many of our associates”. Mohmand is one of the seven lawless tribal districts along the Afghan border.
The government is in talks with the TTP to end their seven-year insurgency, but the Mohmand chapter has rejected the peace process.
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