Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility of Rangers HQ blast in Karachi
Pak Taliban claimed the responsibility of a high-intensity blast targeting the Rangers Headquarters in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's North Nazimabad area early Thursday.
Tehrik-e-Taliban (TTP) Spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said that they have more targets on their list and those who would raise voices against them, the Taliban would target them.
He said that the Pak Taliban have their network in the country and would operate from wherever they wanted from.
According to media reports, a truck slammed into one of the entrances of the Rangers compound killing one person and leaving more than a dozen, including civilians, injured.
The injured were shifted to the city's Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
The blast was heard across the city and fear and panic gripped the citizens. It caused damage to nearby buildings and shattered windows in the vicinity.
Senior police official Javed Odho told a television channel that the bomber had used more than 100 kilograms of explosives in the attack.
Witnesses reported seeing a large plume of smoke in the sky.
Television footage of the blast site showed what appeared to be an apartment block with a gaping hole in the middle where the bomb went off and part of the two-story building was razed.
Emergency and rescue teams had reached the site of the kaboom.
A portion of a building inside the Rangers compound collapsed and caught fire and efforts were being made to put out the blaze.
Rangers created a perimeter around the building to hold off journalists and bystanders.
One of the Rangers, Muhammed Farooq, said he was preparing for work when he looked out the window and saw a vehicle smash through the main gate and into the building.
"Then there was a really big bang and I lost my balance and I saw a lot of smoke and then I lost consciousness," he said, speaking from the hospital.
The area was cordoned off by security forces as investigations into the incident went underway.
Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan and Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
condemned the attack and sought a report from IG Sindh on the incident.
Posted by: Fred 2012-11-09