[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Deadly Karachi blast targets security forces

The Pakistani Taliban-orchestrated attack killed at least three in a residential quarters of paramilitary group.
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2012 10:54
The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan have issued a statement stating they will be target Karachi security forces [Reuters]

A suicide bomber has killed at least three paramilitary forces and left another 21 wounded in southern Pakistan when he rammed his vehicle into the gates of a military base.

Thursday's blast targeted a Rangers paramilitary headquarters in Karachi and is the latest in a series of attacks against security forces, said Javed Odho, Karachi police inspector general.

Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder, reporting from Islamabad, said the Pakistani Taliban issued a statement saying they carried out the attack on the headquarters of the paramilitary base in the nation's largest city.

"The target was the residential quarter ... The purpose of the attacker would have been to get to as many people in that residential quarter as possible", said our correspondent.

The police investigation team said more than 100 kilogrammes of explosives were packed into the small truck that rammed into the building.

The Rangers paramilitary forces have been aiding Karachi police in anti-terrorism operations.

The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, TTP, had previously issued a statement saying they would target the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, MQM, a political party in Sindh province with a large presence in Karachi.

Al Jazeera's Hyder said the statement was proof the Pakistani Taliban made Karachi into their "next battleground".

200

Source:
Al Jazeera And Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
Featured
Lacking cohesive local ground forces to attack in tandem, coalition air strikes will have limited effect, experts say.
Hindu right-wing groups run campaign against what they say is Muslim conspiracy to convert Hindu girls into Islam.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
Muslim caretakers maintain three synagogues in eastern Indian city, which was once home to a thriving Jewish community.
Amid fresh ISIL gains, officials in Anbar province have urged the Iraqi government to request foreign ground troops.