Monday, 19 September 2011

Blast in Karachi: SSP CID targeted, 8 killed

 Updated at: 0805 PST,  Monday, September 19, 2011
Blast in Karachi: SSP CID targeted, 8 killed KARACHI: At least eight people were killed when a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives outside the residence of SSP CID Chaudhry Aslam, Geo News reported. The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack which left a crater 6 feet deep.

Six police officers who were stationed outside Aslam’s residence along with a mother and child were the victims of this horrendous act.

According to IG Sindh Wajid Durrani, at least 300 kilograms of explosives were used in the attack.

Aslam who is tasked with tackling militancy in Karachi was not hurt and vowed to continue his action against militants.

“This is a cowardly act, I’m not scared and will not spare them” said Aslam while speaking to reporters outside his residence. Aslam also mentioned that he had received threats from the TTP.

The attack took place in the Defence Phase 8 locality of the city, a posh area which has been rarely plagued by violence. Several homes in the neighbourhood were severely damaged while at least a dozen vehicles were destroyed.

The death toll from the blast would have been higher had it taken place a few minutes later when many children would be headed to schools located in the area.

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