Rangers official martyred, 10 injured in Karachi attack

Proscribed BLA claims responsibility for the attack

Attacks on security personnel continue in the country as a Rangers official was martyred and 10 other people got injured in a blast reported near Orangi Town area on Monday.

According to police, the blast took place near a Rangers vehicle that was parked in the Mominabad area of Karachi’s Orangi Town.

The Sindh Rangers personnel were discharging their duties and were busy snap checking at the Mominabad neighbourhood of Karachi when a blast occurred near Rangers’ vehicle, said police.

Three Rangers officials and seven other people who were present at the site were injured in the blast. The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital for medical aid, according to rescue sources.

Following the incident, Rangers and police personnel arrived at the site of the blast and cordoned off the area.

SSP West Karachi, who arrived at the site after the blast, said that pieces of evidence collected from the crime scene show that the blast reportedly occurred in a motorcycle with explosive material installed in it. He said that the main target of terrorists was a Ranger’s vehicle, adding that an investigation has been launched into the incident.

CTD DIG Omar Shahid Hamid said that the banned Baloch Liberation Army (BLA) had claimed responsibility for the attack through their social media account.

Mominabad SHO Gul Mohammed Awan also confirmed that the bomb was planted in a parked motorcycle in Orangi Town-5.

One official of the Karachi Traffic Police and a constable of the Anti-Vehicle Lifting Cell who were passing through the area when the explosion took place were also among the injured, he added.

A team of the bomb disposal squad was called to the area.

Investigators were trying to obtain CCTV footage from the site of the blast as the police’s Counter-Terrorism Department launched an investigation.

Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar took notice of the “terror attack on Rangers mobile” on a main road and sought a detailed report from the West SSP, a police spokesperson said.

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, PSP Chairman Syed Mustafa Kamal and others have condemned the attack on the Rangers vehicle.

Chief Minister Murad and Sindh Governor Ismail, while taking notice of the incident, sought a detailed inquiry report from the Karachi IGP.

Earlier, attacks on security personnel were reported from Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi. Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on March 8 warned that Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is reorganising in Pakistan, adding, “There are threats in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, and Karachi.”

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