Karachi Bomb Blast Biography
A car bomb has exploded outside a secular party's election office in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi killing at least 10 people and injuring dozens, officials have said.
The bomb went off on Friday close to the office of the Awami National Party's (ANP) candidate in the city's western neighbourhood of Mominabad, local police said.
It was an improvised explosive device planted in a Suzuki car, police spokesman Imran Shaukat said.
Witnesses said the blast was heard several kilometres away and damaged nearby shops and houses.
Bashir Jan, a local ANP candidate, was reportedly the target of the attack. He was set to address a meeting in the impoverished area, which is home to many ethnic Pashtuns, police said.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan claimed responsibility fo the attack in a telephone call to the AP news agency from an undisclosed location.
The attack was the latest violence ahead of historic elections on May 11, and the second to hit the port city in less than 24 hours.
On Thursay, five people were killed when a bomb exploded outside the office of the secular Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) party, police said.
The banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan had claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, accordinig to the Dawn newspaper.
The armed group has reportedly been targeting members of the three parties, which are perceived as secular.
Earlier on Thursday a grenade attack on an election office in the southwest killed one person and injured another.
The ANP and MQM were coalition partners in the outgoing Pakistan People's Party-led government and have been been threatened by the Taliban for backing military operations against the fighters.
Since April 11, deadly attacks targeting politicians or political parties have killed 37 people, according to the AFP news agency.
The May 11 national polls should see power pass from a civilian government that has served a full term to another through the ballot box for the first time in the country's turbulent history.
KARACHI — Senior police official Chaudhry Aslam Khan, along with two other officers, was killed in a bomb blast in Karachi on Thursday. The blast took place at around 4:40 pm at Lyari Expressway near the Essa Nagri area of the city. A suicide bomber had overrun his vehicle into Aslam’s convoy to make the blast happen. The powerful explosion threw Aslam’s vehicle at least 20 meters away, also destroying vehicles and damaging buildings nearby. Karachi’s Aga Khan University Hospital had received seven other bodies about half an hour after the incident, among which two were pronounced dead and others were in critically injured conditions.
The responsibility for the attack has been claimed by the militant group Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Sajjad Mohmand, the group’s spokesperson said Aslam had been on the top of their hit-list for carrying out operations against the TTP that allegedly included killing Taliban prisoners in CID cells in Karachi. Earlier on the day of the blast, Aslam had claimed the deaths of three suspected members of the Pakistani Taliban in an encounter in the city.
Khan, who had been a target of several attacks in past, had been receiving continuous threats from the Pakistani Taliban. In September 2011, a bomb was targeted at his house that tore off its front. Following the event, he had boldly expressed, “They are cowards. They call themselves Muslims but are unbelievers. This will make me even more determined to carry on operations against them. I walk these streets day and night. If they want to kill me, they should come and attack me directly.”
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif paid tribute to the officer, “Chaudhry Aslam was a brave officer. We will not let the will of the nation be crushed by these cowardly acts by terrorists.”
Often seen as being too powerful and seemingly operating above the law, the police officer, one of Karachi’s highest-profile police officials with 29 years of experience, had been involved with his unit since 2008. The unit took part in the arrests of dozens of militants planning attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan over the years.